Posted: 6:33 pm Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Louisville drops former Fort Pierce Central LB Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad from recruiting class 

By Anthony Chiang

Louisville football signee Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad did not expect to hear the news that he would not be playing for the Cardinals.

The University of Louisville will terminate the former Fort Pierce Central linebacker’s national letter of intent.

“We were just shocked,” Fort Pierce Central coach Josh Shaffer said. “We did not expect it at all. As far as we knew, he was geared to get started for college football.”

Rhaheed-Muhammad’s status with Louisville was unknown after he was arrested on Feb. 24 on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious behavior involving a victim between the ages of 12 to 16. It was later decided that he would be charged as a juvenile rather than as an adult.

“Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad will not attend the University of Louisville,” Louisville said in a statement. “At this time, we believe this is the right decision in the best interest of the University and the athletic department. “

The three-star linebacker was sentenced to complete 50 hours of community service and was put on probation until he turns 19 on May 20, 2015. The judge did give him permission to transfer his probation out of state.

Now, Rhaheed-Muhammad will need to look for a new spot to play college football.

“We’re going to see if anything is available or if anybody has any late money or scholarships available,” Shaffer said. “Maybe, he could go to a prep school or a junior college.”

2 comments
TiaSchmidt
TiaSchmidt

Coach Shaffer, disappointed in you. Why are you surprised? Its a serious charge and is a manifestation of severe mental problems. Sex with a cousin, correct?

JayF8ch62
JayF8ch62

Its about time a college or university came to a rational decision about the behavior of an athlete. The University of Louisville rejected him rather than reward him for negative behavior and extremely bad decision making.  This kid's behavior resulted in a felony charge of "lewd and lascivious behavior involving a victim between the ages of 12-16."  What about the victim?  We are supposed to feel bad for this kid because he lost his scholarship?  The football coach is only worried about this kid playing college football?  Way to go coach you really had and continue to have a positive effect on this kid!  Its all about the football scholarship!  Maybe you should have done a better job teaching this kid right and wrong and a thing or two about morality during the four years he was playing on your team.  Get some values coach and some priorities!  Being a star football player in your narrow world apparently means no compassion, common sense, or any feeling for the victim of his crime!  You never even admitted in your comments this kid made a mistake!  Your just the kind of man we want teaching kids!  The Court System isn't far behind by allowing this kid to transfer his probation.  Nobody needs to tell me I don't know the details and the facts in this case.  Had this kid showed proper behavior and the ability to know right and wrong this would have never been a story and he would be playing football at the University Of Louisville.  Those of you out there who feel this kid was wrong belong to the group around him who enabled him!  He is a product of you!