USC Students Arrested For Allegedly Stealing Jerseys At NFL Draft

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The NFL Draft ended several days ago but the sports world is still feeling a buzz from the event.

It looked like it was a fun time, as many fans dressed up for the occasion. However, a couple of USC students may have had a bit of too much fun.

According to Yahoo Sports, “Two Southern California students were arrested in Kansas City on Friday night after police allege they trespassed during the 2023 NFL draft and stole three jerseys from the event.”

Reports indicate that two of the three jerseys that were missing were found in the bags of the two students in question.

“Police allege Eric Lambkins, 41, and Jude Ocanas, 19, stole around $1,050 in merchandise: a blue Dallas Cowboys jersey, a red San Francisco 49ers jersey, and a Minnesota Vikings jersey. All three with the No. 1 to signify being a first-round selection, per court documents. Two of the three jerseys (the Cowboys and 49ers one) were found in their bags when they were arrested at the airport before they boarded a flight back to California.”

What a way to spoil a fun weekend. These two USC students went from having a blast at the NFL Draft to being “charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree trespassing and stealing of $750 or more.”

Both Lambkins and Ocanas “posted $2,500 bail Saturday and returned to school,” per Yahoo Sports.

Additionally, Yahoo Sports reports that the two students in question attended the NFL Draft as part of a media program at USC.

“The two are students at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and were two of the five credentialed members of the school, per the school’s student-led Annenberg Media. Lambkins is a graduate student, a managing editor at Annenberg Media, and a founding member of the student-led podcast, The Talk of Troy. He is also a U.S. Army veteran. Ocanas is a freshman journalism major and broadcaster for the podcast.”

USC didn’t provide a statement regarding the alleged incident at the NFL Draft. On top of that, both Lambkins and Ocanas were unavailable to comment, per Yahoo Sports.

These guys could’ve had a memorable weekend with their fellow students. Instead, they’re dealing with the legal ramifications of their alleged actions.