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VCU star guard Briante Weber to miss opener after alleged iPhone theft

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

Briante Weber averaged 9.4 points and nearly 3.5 steals last season. (USATSI)

Senior VCU guard Briante Weber is going to sit out an exhibition game and the Rams' regular-season opener against Tennessee. The team is disciplining its steal specialist after he was reportedly busted for allegedly stealing an iPhone at a local gym.

That report comes via the Richmond Times-Dispatch. VCU confirmed Weber's suspension to CBSSports.com Saturday morning.

Weber is best known for his ability to steal on the court. He has 296 swipes in three seasons and is 90 away from setting a new record in men's basketball. Weber averaged 3.46 steals last season, by far the best in D-I.

Weber could also go before a Code of Student Conduct board for a review of the incident, per VCU.

"Briante has failed to live up to the standards we've set for our program and we are holding him accountable," VCU coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. "Part of his discipline includes missed competition. We expect that Briante will act according to the standards of our program moving forward."

Per the Times-Dispatch, Weber was handed a misdeamonor summons for petit larceny. The theft was reportedly an iPhone5, which goes for $200. Weber allegedly took the phone from a local gym on July 24, per court documents.

Weber is due in Richmond Court on Sept. 25.

The Tennessee game will be held in Annapolis, Md., as part of the inaugural Veterans Classic on CBS Sports Network.

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