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Nebraska Player Suspended

Brandon Drum was suspended from Nebraska’s football team after a racially charged fight at a bar in Lincoln, Neb., in which he broke a man’s nose.

The reserve defensive tackle, who is white, was ticketed early Friday for third-degree misdemeanor assault after reportedly head-butting a black patron. He also is accused of making racial slurs during what witnesses said was an unprovoked attack.

Drum is set to appear in Lancaster County Court on Jan. 15.

Athletic Director Bill Byrne did not disclose the length of the suspension.

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“This is absolutely inexcusable behavior by anyone and I don’t want that person representing the University of Nebraska,” Byrne said.

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Two LSU players were injured in a car crash early Sunday when the driver fell asleep and the car veered off the highway and hit a tree, state police in Mansfield, La., said.

Melvin Hill, a senior fullback, received severe lacerations to his face and upper body. Samuel Scott, a walk-on, broke a leg.

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“Without a doubt, the only reason they’re both alive is because they were wearing their seat belts,” said Lt. Mike Edmonson, adding there was no evidence alcohol was involved.

The accident happened just after 5 a.m. Hill told troopers he fell asleep at the wheel. He was cited for careless operation.

LSU plays Notre Dame in the Independence Bowl on Sunday.


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