Marshall RB Steward Butler was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating a same-sex couple. He was later dismissed from the team.
Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick later announced that he and coach Doc Holliday decided to dismiss Butler from the team "in light of additional information regarding his charges."
Butler, who was a redshirt senior, is accused of beating two men after he saw them kiss. One victim took a video of the incident, which at least one Marshall football administrator has seen, police told WSAZ. Huntington police detective Chris Sperry told WSAZ that Butler can be heard in the video making derogatory comments about the couple and the case has been referred to the FBI, which will determine if there are any civil rights violations.
According to the criminal complaint obtained by WSAZ, the incident occurred on April 5. The complaint says Butler was riding in a car when he saw the men kiss; he got out of the car and approached him. Two other Marshall football players were in the car but will not face charges, police said.
"We are aware of the situation … and are currently in the process of gathering all available information," Marshall athletics spokesman Jason Corriher wrote in a release, according to The Herald-Dispatch. "We will handle the matter internally and appropriately."
Butler played in 12 of Marshall's 14 games last season as the backup to Devon Johnson. He had 798 yards on 107 carries with seven touchdowns.
Butler has three previous arrests for marijuana possession in two counties in Florida, according to a search of court records.
- Dan Gartland