Two Iowa players arrested, charged with theft

Updated: September 28, 2006, 2:49 PM ET
Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa basketball players Mike Henderson and Tyler Smith were arrested and charged with theft Sunday, according to Coralville police.

The incident occurred at Dillard's in the Coral Ridge Mall. There is no word on the circumstances surrounding the arrest.

University officials would not comment on the issue, but issued a joint statement from both players.

"We feel terrible that we made such a stupid mistake," the statement reads. "We let down our families, our teammates, our coaches and all of our supporters. There is no excuse for our actions, and we take full responsibility."

Henderson, a senior guard, averaged 7.6 points and 3.9 rebounds while starting all 34 games last season.

Smith is a freshman forward from Pulaski, Tenn.

It was unclear whether coach Steve Alford would punish the players.

"Mike and Tyler are good individuals who made a very poor decision, and I am very disappointed in their actions. ... I've never had an issue with Mike or Tyler and this is out of character for them," Alford said. "We expect no further incidents from either of these two individuals."


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