Auburn running back Jovon Robinson was kicked off the team for multiple incidents, including one with a young woman, and another with a teammate, AL.com’s James Crepea reported Friday, citing sources.
In regard to the incident with the woman, AL.com sources indicated there was a disagreement between Robinson and the woman. However, there are no records of Robinson being charged with any recent crimes in either the state of Alabama or Georgia. It is believed that this incident was the tipping point that forced coach Gus Malzahn to dismiss Robinson.
In the incident involving a teammate, Robinson was said to have attended a party with Auburn defensive back Marshall Taylor, and a physical altercation took place between Taylor and some other attendees of the party. An AL.com source said Robinson felt he was blamed for it.
Taylor reportedly did not wish to return to the team if Robinson was going to continue to be part of it, per the report. The Auburn defensive back missed the Tigers’ first two practices.
Earlier Friday, Bert Williams, Robinson’s former coach at Georgia Military College, told the Ledger-Enquirer’s Michael Niziolek that a situation between Robinson and some of his teammates upset the Auburn coaching staff as early as May.
“It put him in a tenuous position early in the summer,” Williams told Niziolek.
Robinson then had “some things he had to do to get back in the good graces” of the coaching staff, Williams said. However, Robinson’s discipline issues continued through the summer until a “final incident” in July pushed things too far.
Malzahn announced Wednesday that Robinson had been dismissed because he failed to meet team standards.
“He did not meet my standards or expectations of what it takes to be an Auburn Tiger football player,” Malzahn said Wednesday.
Robinson said he was “stereotyped and disrespected” while he was at Auburn, and that there was “never a real relationship” between him and Malzahn.
Malzahn has not elaborated on why he dismissed Robinson. Williams said he was sad to hear the news.
“The biggest thing is disappointment,” Williams said. “Tough background or not, everyone has a choice. For any college football player that’s provided a scholarship at a high level you want for nothing period. … Participation isn’t a right and I think that’s something every athlete needs to hear.”