Football player arrested for using fake ID

By Holly Wells
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday, October 18, 2004

A UA football player was arrested late Thursday night for trying to use a fake ID to get into O'Malley's bar on Fourth Avenue.

Starting defensive tackle Paul Philipp, a sociology junior, went to O'Malley's around 11 p.m. and showed the doorman a driver's license and a voter's registration card that he claimed were his, according to police.

The doorman thought the license looked questionable and didn't think Philipp was the person in the photo on the license.

A second doorman then looked at the license and called police, according to reports.

Police ran a record check on the license and told Philipp they knew it was not his license.

Philipp, who is from San Bernardino, Calif., was cited for having a fake ID and for trying to use someone else's driver's license.

The penalty for using a fake ID includes a six-month suspension of the person's driver's license. If it is their first offense, the person usually goes through a diversion program, which will remove the arrest from their record.

Phillipp traveled with the football team but did not play in Saturday's game against Oregon because of a previous injury.

The arrest is the latest in a series of unfortunate incidents for the football program this season.

Wide receiver Biren Ealy did not play this weekend after violating team rules, head coach Mike Stoops said. A warrant was issued Oct. 6 for Ealy's arrest after he missed a court date for a previous arrest for using a fake ID.

Earlier this month, freshman defensive tackle Yaniv Barnett was suspended from the team for his second marijuana-related arrest this semester, and last week quarterback Nic Costa unexpectedly quit.

Last month, quarterback Ryan O'Hara left school to be at the side of his younger brother, who had undergone a kidney transplant.

In June, incoming freshman McCollins Umeh died after a summer workout. Nearly two months later, the father of Nic Costa died of an apparent heart attack.