Hawaii player kicked off Utah football team

Bridenstine pleaded guilty in road rage case

 UPDATED 1:45 PM HST Jan 08, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -

A redshirt freshman linebacker from Hawaii has been kicked off the University of Utah football team after his conviction for knocking a motorist unconscious in a bout of road rage.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham issued a statement saying he's very disappointed with Arthur Allen "Afa" Bridenstine.

The coach dismissed Bridenstine Monday, the same day he was sentenced to 18 months of probation in 2nd District Court.

The player was ordered to take an anger management class.  He pleaded guilty to assault recently for punching a 20-year-old man in September.

Bridenstine told police the man tried to run him off the road.  He confronted the motorist in a Centerville parking lot, knocking him out in his driver's seat.

Bridenstine went to Kahuku High School. He had yet to take the field for the team.

The Standard-Examiner reported Bridenstine told a judge the incident taught him to not take matters into his own hands.

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