An erroneous report from report from NWAHomepage.com on Monday indicated that Arkansas basketball player Jaylen Barford had been cited for shoplifting Saturday evening.
A source told SEC Country that the report was inaccurate and Barford was not cited.
According to a report earlier the information on Jaylen Barford being cited for shoplifting was incorrect. He was not and is not involved in any shoplifting incident. Wrong information was provided which led to him incorrectly being identified.
— Pig Trail Nation (@PigTrailNation) November 20, 2017
The original NWAHomepage report, now deleted, had stated the Fayetteville Police Department said Barford was caught shoplifting at a Walmart Neighborhood Market and was given a citation and released.
Instead, Fayetteville police spokesman Sgt. Anthony Murphy said that a woman who was with Barford at the store was cited, according to KFSM-TV.
Barford, a senior, is averaging 30.7 minutes per game for the 3-0 Razorbacks this season. He’s averaging a team-high 20.3 points per game.
Last season, Barford averaged 12.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2 assists per game for the Hogs. He considered leaving school early to pursue professional opportunities. He originally declared himself eligible for the NBA draft, but did not sign with an agent. Eventually, Barford announced late last spring he would be returning to Arkansas for his final season.
The Jackson, Tenn., native signed with Arkansas’ 2016 class as the No. 1 junior college recruit in the country.
Arkansas defeated Fresno State, 83-75, at home last Friday. The Razorbacks are next in action Thursday at the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Ore. They will face Oklahoma at 4 p.m. CT in the first game of the invitational.