September 26, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) Suspended Missouri State quarterback Breck Ruddick is defending himself against animal abuse allegations.

His attorney, Adam Woody, released a statement Monday that said it is ''nothing short of shameful to see the public react to him so viciously.'' The statement says Ruddick has received death threats after an unidentified woman alleged in a Facebook post that Ruddick beat her friend's dog. The statement also says the Facebook post contains ''numerous inaccuracies.''

Ruddick was suspended Friday, and Missouri State told the Springfield News-Leader the next day that the suspension was tied to abuse allegations. Without Ruddick, Missouri State fell to Kansas State 35-0 in a game that was called at halftime because of dangerous weather in the area.

No charges have been filed against Ruddick in Missouri's Greene County.

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