Cal wide receiver Nyan Boateng was arrested in Gainesville, Fla., last week and was charged with burglary residence, battery and criminal mischief.

According to Gainesville police Sgt. Chuck Reddick, Boateng attempted to enter the home of his former girlfriend early Thursday. When she refused to let him in, Boateng kicked in the door and entered anyway.

Boateng, a transfer from the University of Florida, is scheduled to sit out this season because of NCAA transfer rules. He will be a junior in 2008 and have two years of eligibility remaining.

"We are aware of the situation and continue to gather all of the facts and information," Bears coach Jeff Tedford said Monday. "Nyan has been suspended from all team activities until we have the opportunity to evaluate all of the information."

Boateng was a football and basketball star at Lincoln High School-Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was a basketball teammate of the NBA's Sebastian Telfair. Boateng played one season at Florida, catching two passes for 44 yards as a true freshman. He missed the 2006 season because of an ankle injury.

Boateng worked out with Cal during the spring and looked like a potential star. With junior wide receiver DeSean Jackson possibly leaving for the NFL after this season, Boateng could be a perfect fit to fill in.

The burglary charge is a felony while the other two are misdemeanors. A court date is pending.

Contact Jonathan Okanes at jokanes@cctimes.com.



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