Running back Xavier Menifield is no longer with the Northwestern football team, and today we found out why. Menifield is facing weapons charges for having a rifle and metal knuckles in his car while it was parked at Ryan Field, as well as ammunition in his dorm room, according to the Chicago Tribune:
Xavier Menifield, 19, a running back from Valencia, Calif., was charged March 16 with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a felony, for having an unloaded rifle in his vehicle, parked outside Ryan Field, records say. Menifield allegedly did not have a valid firearm owner's ID card.
He was also charged with unlawful use of a weapon after a pair of metal knuckles were allegedly found in the vehicle, and possession of firearm ammunition without a firearm owners' ID card after the ammo was allegedly discovered in his dorm room.
The article quoted NU spokesman Al Cubbage stating that Menifield is no longer with the team. He is the second Wildcat football player to have a run-in with the law this year. Linebacker Brett Walsh was suspended for an alcohol-related incident in October, but he is still on the team and expected to contribute this year.
Menifield was not expected to be a meaningful contributor this year, and he played in only one game as a redshirt freshman in 2014.