Washington State running back Steve Broussard was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail after pleading guilty to fourth-degree assault, but the judge suspended all but five days of the jail term and placed Broussard on probation.
Broussard, 22, leading rusher in the Pacific 10 Conference last fall, was arrested and charged with the misdemeanor offense June 11 after an altercation at a Pullman grocery store.
Appearing Thursday in Whitman County District Court, Broussard admitted he slapped Dante DeVon, night manager at Dissmore's Family Center, as DeVon tried to get Broussard and former Washington State football player Michael Wimberly out of the store.
DeVon told police Broussard and Wimberly were ordered to leave after they allegedly ate some food without paying, but Broussard denied taking any food and said he rode to the store with Wimberly to buy beer. Broussard, who is black, said he became angry and struck DeVon after a store employee made a racial remark.
Broussard went to Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles.