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Sons of Anarchy: Every Character Kicked Out of SAMCRO (& Why)

Sons of Anarchy saw the title club going through many changes, mostly its list of official members, and over the course of seven seasons, various members were excommunicated for different reasons – and here’s every one of them. Back in 2008, Kurt Sutter took the audience into the world of motorcycle clubs in the TV series Sons of Anarchy. Set in the fictional town of Charming, California, Sons of Anarchy was led by Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam), VP of the title club at the beginning of the series and the son of John “JT” Teller, one of the club’s founding members.

The series kicks off when Jax finds his father’s manifesto, in which he shared his vision and plans for the club, which were completely different from those of the club’s current President (and Jax’s stepfather), Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman). This triggers a series of problems for Jax within the club, his family, and with other clubs and gangs as well, which lead to many changes in the club’s hierarchy and its activities. Sons of Anarchy saw various characters being kicked out, one of them for things that happened before the events of the series, but as he returned, the series showed the consequences of betraying the club. Here’s every SAMCRO member who was kicked out in Sons of Anarchy and why.

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Clay Morrow
Sons of Anarchy Clay Morrow
As mentioned above, at the beginning of Sons of Anarchy, Jax was SAMCRO’s VP and Clay was the club’s President, taking over after JT’s death (which he planned alongside Gemma) in 1993. Clay not only became SAMCRO’s President, but he also married JT’s widow, Gemma (Katey Sagal), and adopted Jax, and as the lead of the club, he took it in the opposite direction of what JT had envisioned for it. Under Clay’s leadership, SAMCRO became more of a criminal enterprise, and Clay constantly lied to his brothers and kept important information to himself, resulting in conflicts within the club, with other groups, and various tragedies. Clay was the mind behind some of the most heartbreaking deaths in Sons of Anarchy, such as the murder of Opie’s wife, Donna, as the result of a mistake (as he ordered Tig to kill Opie), the death of Opie’s father, Piney, who was also one of the club’s founding members, and the death of JT, which he planned along with Gemma in order to take control of the club.

Clay and Gemma kept their involvement in JT’s death a secret from Jax and the rest for years, and it wasn’t until Jax was given letters from his father by Maureen Ashby that he learned that JT’s death wasn’t an accident. This alone was enough for Clay to be excommunicated from the club, as killing another member is frowned upon, but Clay was finally kicked out of SAMCRO when he confessed to killing Piney, though he tried to save himself by saying Piney tried to kill him first. That, of course, wasn’t enough, and the rest of the club voted to kick him out, and in Sons of Anarchy season 6, Jax was the one who killed Clay with the approval of the rest and made it look as if it had been the result of a conflict with the Irish.

Juice Ortiz
Sons of Anarchy Juice prison
Juice Ortiz (Theo Rossi) was a hacker and intelligence officer for SAMCRO, but he got involved in a series of complex situations starting in season 4, which ultimately led to his excommunication from the club and his death. At the beginning of Sons of Anarchy season 4, Juice was targeted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lincoln Potter (Ray McKinnon), who arrived at Charming to investigate SAMCRO and bring it down. Potter started blackmailing Juice as he learned that he had concealed his African-American father from the club, and due to an old club rule, Juice shouldn’t have been allowed to join the club. Potter succeeded in manipulating Juice as he feared the rest of the club would kick him out for having an African-American father and the club was his only family, which made him extremely susceptible. Juice’s work for Potter led to the death of one of SAMCRO’s prospects, Miles, as well as many other conflicts within the club and with others, and he also helped Gemma after she killed Jax’s wife, Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff).

After running away and hiding from the club, Jax gave him another chance and was sent to get information about Henry Lin in prison, with Ron Tully (Marilyn Manson) aiding him in prison but at a very high price. Juice was eventually excommunicated when he came clean to Jax about Tara’s murder, with Jax also ordering his death. Juice asked Tully to kill him and slipped him a knife, with his only condition being that he let him finish his pie. Tully’s men then initiated a prison fight as a distraction, and Tully stabbed the fallen SAMCRO member in Sons of Anarchy season 7.

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Kyle Hobart
Sons of Anarchy member patch
Kyle Hobart (Brian Van Holt) was a member of the Sons of Anarchy club who was excommunicated during his one and only appearance in the series, and for a situation that happened before the events of the series. At one point, Kyle and Opie committed arson, but when the police arrived at the scene, Kyle fled and abandoned Opie, which led to the latter being arrested and spending five years in jail – which is why at the beginning of Sons of Anarchy, Opie is reluctant to return to the club as he had just gotten out of jail. As he abandoned one of his brothers, Kyle was excommunicated from SAMCRO and was forced to leave Charming, but, with the club’s blessing, he returned to see his son’s band play at Gemma’s school fundraiser. Kyle and Opie got into a fight in the school gym at Opie’s request, and later, in an effort to make amends, Kyle offered Jax a piece of his business selling stolen auto parts. Jax invited him to the clubhouse to talk about it, but it was a setup as Kyle failed to remove his MC tattoos, and per the club’s rules, every excommunicated member has to get rid of them. Tig then burned the tattoo off his back with a blowtorch, and they dumped him outside the hospital for treatment.

Huff and Benny
Sons of Anarchy members riding
Huff (Brian Goodman) was the VP of the Sons of Anarchy Arizona charter and Benny (Rolando Molina) was the Sgt-at-Arms of the same charter. Huff and Benny were minor characters and only appeared in one episode in Sons of Anarchy season 4, in which they accompanied the rest of their charter to the Mexican border to meet with SAMCRO, as they needed them to provide protection for a cocaine shipment for the Galindo Cartel. However, SAMCRO was unaware of their meth dealing, and their crimes, such as blackmailing and the murder of another member, caught up with them and they were excommunicated.

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