Two CU football players arrested, accused of stealing laptops, drugs

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Nu'umoto "N.J." Falo had no comment as he walked out of court with his attorney Thursday afternoon.

He and 20-year-old Donald "Dino" Gordon, both University of Colorado football players, were arrested Wednesday night for allegedly stealing several items from a room at the Willard Hall dorm earlier this month, including video games, a laptop and prescription drugs.

"We received a call from the victims and that started the process on April 12th of this year," CU Boulder police spokesman Scott Pribble said. "We've just been investigating it since and made the arrest last night."

The two were booked into the Boulder County Jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary, theft between $2,000 and $4,999, drug possession and second-degree trespassing. The men were released on $5,000 bond.

Falo, 19, played in several CU games as a freshman linebacker and Gordon is a freshman running back.

"I know one of the guys and they're really sweet, so it really takes me back," Madison Mahoney said.

Other students who live in the dorm had various reactions.

"I'm surprised that it's the football players, you know. I feel like they're supposed to be role models for the school," Dara Dolinski said.

"We're all poor college students, like we're paying so much money to be here," Hannah Jorgensen said. "Why are you stealing other people's stuff?"

Both players have been suspended indefinitely by coach Mike MacIntyre.

"They represent the university as athletes so for them to take these kinds of actions, it shows maybe our reputation isn't so good as a school," Tiffany Huang said.

A CU spokesman called the arrests "very disappointing."

Police said both men's cellphones were detected on the dorm's wireless signal, and the men were seen going in and out twice the night of the alleged crimes.

"I just wouldn't expect that of a CU football player. Everyone I've met is really nice and hard working," Julie Riemer said.

Four Buffaloes football players have been arrested this year.

Defensive lineman Nathaniel "Blake" Robbins was charged with 15 counts after allegedly assaulting two Boulder police officers after a domestic dispute in March. He has been kicked off the team.

And defensive lineman Samson Kafovalu was arrested earlier this month on obstruction charges after an incident at a Boulder bar. He is suspended indefinitely.

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