Cincinnati, Northwestern football players suspended following arrest
A Cincinnati football player and a Northwestern football player have been suspended after being arrested early Sunday morning while authorities were investigating a breaking and entering incident, according to a report from The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Court documents show that Bearcats sophomore linebacker Marcus Tappan and Wildcats redshirt freshman linebacker Brett Walsh were slurring speech and admitted to drinking alcohol. Police records indicate that an alarm went off after Tappan allegedly broke the window of a home he intended to take property from, according to a report. Tappan and Walsh were charged with underage consumption, disorderly conduct and possessing a fake ID and will be arraigned in Hamilton County court on Monday.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald released a statement on the matter on Sunday. From the Chicago Tribune:
“We’re disappointed to learn of the events that were reported to have taken place this weekend involving Brett Walsh. He has been suspended immediately. We hold all of our student-athletes to a high standard that was apparently not met in this instance.”
A Cincinnati spokesman released a statement on Tappan:
"Coach Tuberville is aware of the incident involving Marcus Tappan and is in the process of gathering information. It would be inappropriate to comment at this time."
Walsh is credited with three tackles this season while Tappan has not played in any games. Northwestern was idle this weekend while Cincinnati beat South Florida at home on Friday.
- Chris Johnson