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Brandon Taylor No Longer With Penn State Football For ‘Violation Of Team Rules’

Update, 10 p.m.: It appears Penn State football’s dismissal of Brandon Taylor could be related to two summary citations for harassment filed this week.

The citations were filed with Centre County Magisterial District Judge Steven Lachman on September 1 for alleged incidents on August 24. The citations were initially filed by Penn State police.

The citations were filed regarding Brandon Rashawn Taylor, who has the same full name, date of birth, and hometown as the Penn State football defensive lineman in question.

Docket sheets obtained by Onward State show the first citations, listed as harassment, allegedly involved subjecting an individual to physical contact. The other, also listed as harassment, allegedly involved a “course of conduct with no legitimate purpose.”

Onward State was not able to obtain a copy of the actual citations to read the details of the alleged incident. They’d need to be accessed through the judge’s office, which is closed until Monday.

Original Story: Penn State football defensive lineman Brandon Taylor is no longer with the team due to a “violation of team rules,” a Penn State spokesperson confirmed Saturday evening.

“Brandon Taylor is no longer a member of the Penn State football team due to a violation of team rules,” the spokesperson said. “We appreciate Brandon’s contributions to the program and wish him success in the future.”

At this time, it’s unclear what caused Taylor’s removal from the team.

The former three-star recruit enrolled at Penn State over the summer and was set to play his first season with the Nittany Lions this fall. The Lima, Ohio native was the state’s No. 16 overall recruit and the nation’s No. 26-ranked strong-side defensive end.

Taylor was one of seven defensive strong-side defensive ends listed as freshmen on the team’s roster. Although he was likely to redshirt this year, he was potentially poised to eventually make the move to tackle and work his way into the defensive rotation.

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