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CU Buffs’ La’Vontae Shenault arrested on DUI charge

Freshman WR apprehended in Fort Collins on Fourth of July weekend

Cornerback Tarik Luckett, left, chases Vontae ...
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Cornerback Tarik Luckett, left, chases La’Vontae Shenault during University of Colorado football practice on Aug. 8, 2019.

College athletic departments across the country are pleading with their student-athletes to minimize their potential exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic by staying home as much as possible.

Colorado receiver La’Vontae Shenault apparently ventured out over the Fourth of July weekend, and he gained some trouble beyond the coronavirus.

As first reported by the Fort Collins Coloradoan on Tuesday morning, CU’s freshman receiver was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a license violation, and driving without headlights at night.

According to online court records, Shenault was arrested by Fort Collins Police on July 5 (at 12:41 a.m., according to the Coloradoan). The DUI charge is a misdemeanor, while the other two charges are traffic offenses.

Shenault was released on a personal recognizance bond, and is scheduled for his next court appearance on Nov. 6, one day ahead of the Buffs’ scheduled home date against Washington State.

La’Vontae Shenault(Courtesy of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office)

According to court records, Shenault has a prior traffic case out of Douglas County from January, and pleaded guilty in March and paid fines for speeding 10 to 19 mph over a 75 mph speed limit and driving while not in possession of a license.

Shenault is the younger brother of former Buffs star receiver Laviska Shenault, who was selected in the second round of the April NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The younger Shenault redshirted last season as a true freshman, but under current NCAA redshirt rules he still appeared in four games, though he did not record a reception.

The football team still is undergoing voluntary workouts ahead of the formal, mandatory workouts that are scheduled to begin Monday. Shenault’s status with the team and any internal disciplinary action likely will not be resolved until a later date. On Tuesday afternoon, the university released the following statement to

“We are aware of the arrest of one of our student-athletes over the weekend. We hold all of our student-athletes to high standards of conduct, and the university and athletic department will address follow-up steps related to the matter internally as more details become clear.”

Camera staff writer Mitchell Byars contributed to this report.

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