Florida State wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips is suspended indefinitely, Jimbo Fisher said on Thursday.
Originally reported by Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat, Phillips was arrested on four counts of cashing or depositing items with intent to defraud and one charge of grand theft.
Phillips bought four money orders for $485.89 at the Publix on Ocala Road last January, then altered each to $700, a difference of more than $2,300. He then deposited the altered money orders into his bank account, according to court records.
The fraudulent activity began Jan. 13 and ended Jan. 19, Henry reports. Bond is set at $1,000 for each of the charges, and Phillips is scheduled to make his first court appearance Saturday.
Phillips was also arrested in February for a “minor traffic violation,” per Tomahawk Nation’s Perry Kostidakis.
Phillips was a four-star prospect out of Miami in the class of 2015. He attended Miami Central High School and played alongside former FSU star Dalvin Cook. Despite much promise, Phillips never quite blossomed into the receiver most thought he could become.
Phillips has just five career catches in two seasons for 30 yards and no touchdowns, but was on schedule to see more playing time in 2017 due to the youth of FSU’s WR group.
A release from the university said that the suspension is “in accordance with athletic department policy” and that head coach Jimbo Fisher would have no further comment.
Phillips’ suspension could carry some heavy implications for the Seminole offense. With Phillips out, the ‘Noles are down to just six scholarship wide receivers, only three of which (Auden Tate, Nyqwan Murray, and Keith Gavin) saw ample playing time last season.
How will Fisher deal with the loss of a player who was in line to contribute for an already small position group? Only time will tell, but Tate, Murray and Gavin will now likely start due to experience alone.