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Pirates kick Webster off team

Published On: Feb 09 2014 03:14:03 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 27 2014 09:58:00 AM CST
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GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

East Carolina Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill confirmed Thursday that junior wide receiver Danny Webster has officially been dismissed from the Pirate program after a recent arrest that followed prior team rule violations.

"Because of the history involved with Danny, we really do not have any other option than to dismiss him from the team," McNeill said. "Our top priority is to remain consistent with values that define the foundation of our program and with that comes a level of accountability."

Webster, who missed the season opener against Appalachian State in 2012 and the final eight games of the 2013 season because of suspensions for separate team rule violations, finished his ECU career with 95 catches for 894 yards in 28 games dating back to 2011.

Webster, 21, was charged on Feb. 8 with DWI. He was released on a $500 bond, according to records. No other details were available.

Webster was suspended during the 2013 season for violating team rules; the specific reason for that suspension was not released.

In August 2012, Webster was charged with reckless driving after he allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel and went off the road, rolling his truck. Just days after that incident, Webster was suspended from ECU's season opener. Coach McNeill did not say if the suspension was related to the crash.

Webster played football for Havelock High School before enrolling at ECU. He totaled 95 receptions for 894 yards in his Pirates career.

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Authorities on Saturday charged former ECU wide receiver Danny Webster with driving while impaired.

Webster played football for Havelock High School before enrolling at ECU.

Webster, 21, was released from jail on a $500 bond, records show.

Webster was suspended during the 2013 season for violating team rules; the specific reason for that suspension was not released.

Webster "was allowed to participate in off-season workouts with the team while working toward full reinstatement" to the team for the 2014 season, according to Tom McClellan, ECU's assistant athletics director for media relations.

Ruffin McNeill, ECU's football coach, will meet with Webster before announcing any disciplinary measure, McClellan said via email.

We are working to learn more about the circumstances of Webster's arrest.

In August 2012, Webster was charged with reckless driving after he allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel and went off the road, rolling his truck.

Just days after that incident, Webster was suspended from ECU's season opener. Coach McNeill has not said specifically why Webster was suspended from that game, or if it was related to the crash.