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WSU Player Arrested For Stealing Frozen Corn Dogs From Walmart

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Washington State defensive tackle Austin Brown was arrested last weekend for stealing about $50 worth of food items from Walmart, including frozen corn dogs. Photo by Don Emmert/Getty Images.
Washington State defensive tackle Austin Brown was arrested last weekend for stealing about $50 worth of food items from Walmart, including frozen corn dogs. Photo by Don Emmert/Getty Images.

Washington State defensive tackle Austin Brown became the third Cougars player recently arrested in four separate incidents when he was caught stealing from a local Walmart.

According to the Daily Evergreen, the student newspaper, the 19-year-old earned a third-degree theft charge when surveillance footage revealed that he walked out of the store with items valued at $50.68.

"Among the stolen items were two gallons of milk, a bag of potato chips, strudel pastries, and a box of frozen corn dogs," the Daily Evergreen reported.

Brown didn't have time to consume any of the nutritious items, as police found the groceries still in his car, parked at his apartment, at about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

While it sounds more like a politically-charged sketch comedy designed to highlight the perceived hypocrisies of the NCAA bylaws, it could be enough to jeopardize the 6-foot-2, 267-pound Brown's status with the Washington State football team.

The Cougars aren't the first team to face a barrage of legal troubles in a short time span, but there hasn't been much in the way of good news coming out of Pulllman, Wash., lately. Cornerback Daquawn Brown (no relation) also was related on two assault charges last weekend, The Spokesman-Review reported Wednesday. Brown, the cornerback, made four starts and 50 tackles in his inaugural college season. He also was arrested Feb. 2 for driving without a valid license.

Star receiver Gabe Marks also was arrested on assault and other charges in early February. Marks caught 74 passes for 807 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore.

Coach Mike Leach will have some unpleasant decisions to make, especially considering the nature of several of the violations. The following is from the Moscow-Pullman Daily News:

WSU coach Mike Leach has harsh consequences for three rules: hitting women, using drugs and stealing, so it will be interesting to see how he handles this situation.