Khalif Wyatt, Temple University Basketball Star, Arrested on Prostitution Charges
Authorities in New Jersey say Temple University guard Khalif Wyatt was one of 28 people arrested during a prostitution sting in Atlantic City over the weekend.
The NY Daily News reports that Wyatt, who averaged just over 17 points a game for the Owls in his Junior season, was busted after he and a friend allegedly solicited an undercover police officer posing as a working girl early Sunday morning.
When law enforcement officials announced the sting, Wyatt attempted to flee on foot but was detained after making it only a short distance. According to ESPN, the 21-year-old was then taken into custody and charged with engaging in prostitution and resisting arrest.
Following his arrest, Wyatt offered an apology to his family and teammates:
“I apologize to my family, teammates, coaches and Temple University for the embarrassment that I have caused,” Wyatt said, and added, “I was in Atlantic City this past weekend celebrating my 21st birthday with friends and exercised very poor judgment by allowing myself and my friends to be put in a compromising situation. I intend to cooperate with the authorities during their investigation and the legal process.”
While it still remains unclear how Wyatt’s arrest will affect his status with the Temple Owls during his upcoming senior year, the SportsGrid points out that any excuse he may have come up with will be defunct because of the following post he re-tweeted prior to the sting:
“Already!!!! RT @_raul03: Going in hard for my man 21st tonight in AC @KhalifW05 #yolo,” he posted Sunday.
Khalif Wyatt has a court date set for Friday in Atlantic City municipal court, according to Philly.com.