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ASU Football Player Suspended After Punching Security Guard


By Nyah Peebles


Alabama State University has suspended one of its football players indefinitely following an incident with a security guard at Saturday’s game against Florida A&M University.

The incident happened after the game where Florida A&M beat Alabama State 23-10. A video surfaced on social media showing a player wearing a No. 16 Alabama State jersey approaching fans before being blocked by the guard. The player then swung and hit the security guard before being pulled back by his teammates.

The player, who has been identified as Jacob Freeman, is no longer listed on the team’s roster online.

On early Sunday morning, Alabama State University Athletics Director Dr. Jason Cable released a statement regarding the incident that read:

“We are aware of the incident that occurred last night following our game against Florida A&M University in Tallahassee involving an Alabama State University football student-athlete.

“We do not condone the actions of the student-athlete, nor are the actions representative of the expectations set forth by the Athletic Department and our University.

“There is zero tolerance for this type of behavior. The student-athlete has been suspended indefinitely from the football program, effective immediately.”

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) also issued an official statement letting it be known that SWAC “does not condone unsportsmanlike behavior of any kind.”

“The Southwestern Athletic Conference has a zero tolerance policy regarding unsportsmanlike conduct,” the statement read. “The Conference Office will work with the two respective member institutions to review all relevant information to ensure that appropriate action is taken against any behavior that violates the league’s code of ethics and conduct.”