ALBANY, Ore. — An Oregon State University football player was let go from the team after he was charged for eluding police by car and by foot, but not all fans agree that his dismissal is fair.
A Linn County sheriff’s deputy arrested 19-year-old Tyler Hasty, a redshirt freshman player, on July 8 for attempting to elude officers by car on Highway 34 between Tangent and Corvallis. The sheriff’s office says Hasty crashed his car, got out of the vehicle, and continued to try to elude officers on foot.
Hasty was arraigned Wednesday afternoon at the Linn County Courthouse where he pleaded not guilty.
Oregon State University Athletics said Wednesday that the football program removed Hasty from the team. The department says Head Coach Mike Riley follows a general code of conduct, and releasing players from the team is up to his discretion.
Some fans say football players with scholarships should be held accountable for their actions, but others wonder why Hasty was dismissed before he was even convicted.
“Kicking somebody off the team minus a conviction is a bit premature,” said Oregon State graduate student Wesley Rogers. “They still have to prove guilt without reasonable doubt.”
Rogers says he believes Hasty should first be proven guilty before OSU makes any decisions.
“Getting kicked off the team sounds pretty permanent,” Rogers said. “They should wait for a conviction; let due-process play its role.”
KEZI 9 News tried contacting Coach Riley, but he is out of town this week and was unable to take calls.