Cal Poly accused of overlooking football player’s bullying

September 24, 2020


Jalen Hamler

Allegations that Cal Poly quarterback Jalen Hamler was bullying business owners in San Luis Obispo shocked many, but not a former supervisor at the university’s food court.

Samuel Hammond had called university police multiple times to report that the quarterback had stolen items or threatened staff at The Avenue. The ongoing harassment eventually prompted Hammond to find another job, he said.

“It’s a shame that he (Hamler) is the face of Cal Poly’s football team, and he treats the people who feed him like trash,” Hammond said. “Cal Poly should quit brushing this under the rug and address it. Anybody else would have been arrested and had their scholarship pulled.”

After witnessing Hamler putting drinks in his backpack and leaving without paying, the supervisor decided to video record Hamler the next time he came in. On Nov. 30, 2018, Hamler grabbed several drinks that he put into his backpack, paid for a sandwich, but he did not pay for the drinks.

Hamler told a police officer he had forgotten to pay for the drinks, which he put in his backpack because his hands were full. But after watching the video and speaking with staff, the officer classified the incident as attempted petty theft.

“Attempted theft had been met,” the police report says. “(redacted name) wants these incidents handled through the University’s Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.”

At that time, Hamler had almost $500 on his Cal Poly dining card, according to the police report.

Following the incident, Hamler allegedly started intimidating and harassing staff at the food court, Hammond said.

On Jan. 28, 2019, Hamler “mad-dogged” a cashier before asking another football player to “Slap the shit out of him!,” according to a police report of the incident. Staff then reported the ongoing harassment to campus police.

“Everyone in the room started a discussion regarding options when Hamler enters the building: Let a different employee work the cash register and work the back area, walk to/from his vehicle with a co-worker, park in different parking spots or lots, call CPPD if Hamler is being confrontational, having another employee present when Hamler is in The Avenue,” according to a police report.

The 2019 incident, which was not considered criminal, was reported to the University’s Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and coaching staff.

Hamler did not respond to a request for comment.

Because of privacy laws, Cal Poly does not acknowledge student conduct investigations, said Matt Lazier, Cal Poly’s media relations director.

“Speaking generally, Cal Poly does not tolerate violations of the student code of conduct and treats all reports of student conduct violations seriously,” Lazier said. “The university investigates all such reports to the fullest extent and, where appropriate, applies relevant sanctions.”

Protest Organizer Tianna Arata, Mayor Heidi Harmon, Cal Poly quarterback Jalen Hamler, and another protesters

Following the May 25 death of George Floyd, SLO Mayor Heidi Harmon met with Hamler and Tianna Arata, who later became a local BLM organizer.

Then on June 1, Arata and Hamler participated in a march that turned violent, with protesters throwing rocks and water bottles at officers.

Shortly afterwards, a group of protesters, including Hamler, approached several SLO business owners seeking reparations for boarding up their windows after protesters took to the streets, several business owners said.

During one contentious meeting, Hamler allegedly berated a black woman for not being black enough and accused an Asian woman of supporting white supremacy.

On June 13, “some friends and I met with R.A.C.E Matters SLO affiliates Tianna Arata, Michelle Arata, Xavier Moore and Jalen Hamler,” Tricia Hamachai wrote in a statement to the SLO City Council that was read at a June 16 meeting. “Cal Poly football players Xavier Moore and Jalen Hamler aggressively verbally attacked Abrianna Torres, a young black woman, telling her that ‘some black people aren’t black’ and that ‘black is not the color of your skin, it’s a culture.’ “

On July 21, Hamler and approximately 300 protesters marched onto Highway 101, blocking all lanes in both directions for nearly an hour. While on the highway, Hamler and several other protesters blocked a truck transporting a pregnant woman to the hospital.

Arata and another protester were charged with crimes allegedly committed during that protest.


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Being the team’s starting quarterback does not automatically make one a leader, leading by example does that. Shame on the departed coaching staff for allowing this behavior and hopefully the new coaching staff has higher standards of conduct.


His girlfriend is pregnant and due in December so he’d better learn how to be responsible real quick.


Wow, well Congrats to Jalen and Brenia! I’m sure the baby will be adorable. I’m sure Jalen will grow up real fast! There’s something about babies helping parents have a reality check. Hopefully this sweet new baby will do that for Daddy.


“Speaking generally, Cal Poly does not tolerate violations of the student code of conduct and treats all reports of student conduct violations seriously”, “and, where appropriate, applies relevant sanctions.” “Generally speaking” means we do, in fact, practice selective enforcement. “and where appropriate” means we won’t tell you that we relate the punishment to the offense, so I assume they don’t.


All one has to do is ask several of the CalPoly RA’s who got not just bullied but more. I hope they gals file a report to the Sheriffs Office and Not Cal Poly


Finally someone is strong enough to let the Community know that this guy is a stalker, racist, bigot and likes to “Push People Around” he has embellished on much or his life and has a long history of being or wanting to be the “Center of Attention” he is NO O.J. nor will he be.

He should have been expelled from CalPoly long ago, ask some of his coaches and student trainers and Asst. Managers , Jalen Hamler and several of his so called team mates have engaged in horrible things not YET made public. But is coming soon, ask Coach “James” from SAC State he wants him off the team so does Coach Erik, Coach Josh and many others.

Mayor Harmon needs to go so vote for Sweeney, Vote Abrianna Torres both will serve the public with integrity and ethics. For this player to bully her and she is Black and a wonderful women yet Cal Poly is “MUM” do a simple basic background check on Jalen Hamler you will uncover a real scammer.

He also was at many parties with “Tianna ISIS-Arata-Wentworth she has a few extra names and no family members want a thing to do with her or her welfare mother. Tianna told one of her supposed friends she is taking online courses at SAC State, now SAC state is looking into her activities against people and children and her Anti-US Flag and racist rants all against White People. CCN keep of the coverage .

As my spouse is from Ethiopia, and we have two friends both Lawyers who adopted two children from Ethiopia both are great Lawyers and great parents. But this Jalen and Tianna have nothing but utter hatred to all.

She will be found guilty and should face Jail, fine large enough to cover the massive Bills to City of SLO all due to her antics and wanting attention, her recent trips to LA for ” Modeling” is another scam. That is why MIchelle Arata- Wentworth lived for decades on Public Aid and filed several Bankruptcies to avoid being responsible for her bills and debts . Time to let the new Chancellor of the Cal State know someone needs to get these Thugs out of Cal :Poly.


Thank you very much for your insightful posting. I hope Armstrong finally deals with this mess once and for all. I actually think it would be good if Poly just cut football, if it takes recruiting thugs like this to San Luis in order to be “good.”


The other problem is if there are two or more candidates against Harmon they could split the anti-Harmon vote and guarentee Heidi another term.


This asshole pisses me off. All black privilege. No accountability. Get him out of Poly!


“Get him out of Poly!”

How ’bout we get Poly out of SLO.

I’m soooo done with Cal Poly and all the bullshit it has dragged into our area. What- do we have a shortage of criminal thugs from LA and Oakland on taxpayer-funded scholarships or something?

I’m done with it. All of it. Let’s begin by making the entire Cal Poly athletic program NCAA Division III non-scholarship only, and then dismantle the whole damn thing from there.


I’m not sure what the financial situation is with the stadium, but it’s time to either reform football 100%, or just cut it.

It’s not as if Poly’s attendance will drop or anything like that.

Schools far better than Cal Poly (e.g. Cal Tech) have no sports programs at all, outside of intramural sports. In a sense, I think cutting sports and focusing more on intramurals would actually be a step forward for Poly. A feather in the institution’s cap.


Cal Poly privilege.


Cal Poly’s president, Jeff Armstrong, will cover for this guy. Armstrong thinks he’s buddy buddy with all the athletes and thinks the university should be a heavy hitter in sports. Now that Armstrong failed at getting his dream job of CSU Chancellor, he’ll probably be moving on before long to a bigger college.


He’s not even that good of a QB!


TBF he was ranked 9th in passing yards for 2019.


9nth in what league? Division? Or was it as a high school player.

In any event, I don’t care if he is the next Joe Namath or Tom Brady, he is a lowlife. I know a business owner downtown where he and a few others came in to shake them down for money for BLM. The threats were there along with intimidation.

My guess, this guy will end up crossing paths with the law.


Ninth in what? Big Sky Conference?