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Hassan Childs dismissed from USF football team

USF senior safety Hassan Childs, arrested Monday for his part in a suspected road-rage incident, is no longer part of the Bulls program, first-year coach Charlie Strong announced Tuesday. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Mar. 28, 2017

USF senior safety Hassan Childs, arrested Monday for his part in a suspected road-rage incident, is no longer part of the Bulls program, first-year coach Charlie Strong announced Tuesday.

Childs, 22, was shot after twice pointing a gun at a car carrying a family of three late Saturday night near campus, Tampa police said. It's unclear if he remained hospitalized Tuesday, but Strong said a full recovery is expected.

"I had a chance to speak with him," Strong said. "They all want to continue and go play, and he was a senior, but he totally understood."

Childs has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. The Hillsborough State Attorney's Office is determining whether charges will be brought against the shooter, 26-year-old Jovanni Jimenez.

Strong said he met with the team Sunday and addressed the incident involving Childs. The Bulls resumed practice Tuesday morning.

"When you look at this university and how great an institution it is, and the football program, it is a privilege to represent this program," Strong said. "And there are standards and there are values that we uphold, and our players understand it is an obligation and it is a responsibility to represent it the right way."

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