Arizona Wildcats wide receiver Delashaun Dean denied having a handgun before being arrested last week and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, according to a police report obtained by the Star on Friday.
Dean, 21, has been suspended from the UA football team indefinitely. He is scheduled to appear in Tucson City court Tuesday.
Tucson Police Department officers were called to an IHOP Restaurant on North Oracle Road at about 2:40 a.m. June19 after a patron reported seeing Dean, wearing a pink plaid shirt and khaki pants, flash a gun in his waistband, the report stated.
When officers arrived, they found approximately six black males standing in front of the breakfast joint, the report said. A few of them appeared to be in the middle of a heated argument, according to the report.
Dean was frisked for weapons, according to the report, but officers found nothing. Dean denied having a handgun and told officers that IHOP patrons were racist and had only called 911 because a group of black males were outside the restaurant, the report stated. Dean told officers he had no problem with anybody while at IHOP, the report stated.
Shortly thereafter, officers found two semiautomatic handguns under Dean's car, a late-model Chrysler 300.
Dean was charged with one count of carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor, and released.
The police report did not mention drugs or alcohol.
Dean, a senior majoring in religious studies, is expected to be one of the Wildcats' top wide receivers this fall.
In three seasons at the UA, Dean has caught 132 passes for 1,407 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Fairfield, Calif., native will remain suspended for a violation of team rules until his case is settled, though he remains on full scholarship.
The UA's student code of conduct says unlawful possession of a gun is grounds for suspension or expulsion.
It is unknown whether Dean has a gun permit.
The Wildcats, coming off back-to-back 8-5 seasons and a berth in the Holiday Bowl, open training camp in five weeks.
When Dean's arrest was made public earlier this week, coach Mike Stoops issued a statement confirming Dean's suspension "for a violation of team rules."