UW coach Chris Petersen cites disciplinary reason for Hale's dismissal.
Sophomore cornerback Naijiel Hale, the son of the late rapper Nate Dogg, has been dismissed from the Washington football program for a disciplinary matter.
UW coach Chris Petersen announced Hale’s dismissal during a press conference Friday, a day before the Huskies begin fall camp. Petersen did not offer any more details.
“Unfortunately, that always happens. Naijiel’s been dismissed from our program,” Petersen said. “We need to move forward. Wish Naijiel the best.”
Hale declined comment when reached by The Times. He did post messages on Twitter and Instagram.
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“I would like to announce that I will be taking my football career elsewhere and thank the university of Washington for everything they’ve taught me,” Hale wrote. “I Thank you coach Lake and Coach Peterson (sic) for being there for me and understanding everything that I go through. Nobody in this world will understand my life yet I’m still moving forward. I’m so thankful to play and start many games as a True Freshmen in the PAC-12 and those memories will stick with me forever. New chapter ahead…. Ride with me.”
Hale, a graduate of St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, Calif., appeared in all 14 games for UW last season, making two starts. He was expected to compete for a starting job this season.
Hale signed with the Huskies in February 2014 as part of Petersen’s first recruiting class at UW. Hale had originally made a verbal commitment to play for Arizona before changing his mind.