Fayetteville, AR – Two University of Arkansas Razorbacks football players were arrested for disorderly conduct early on Sunday morning after fighting with police just hours after a shocking loss to Liberty University.
The incident occurred at about 2 a.m. on Nov. 6 while Fayetteville police officers were on a foot patrol near a pub less than a mile from the college’s campus, TMZ reported.
Fayetteville police said that the officer first encountered 19-year-old Razorbacks defense end Anthony Brown standing in the middle of the street and told him to get on the sidewalk.
Court documents said Brown initially complied with the officers’ orders, but when they circled back around the block on patrol, they found the University of Arkansas freshman standing “intentionally” in the roadway again, TMZ reported.
“I walked to Brown and grabbed his sleeve of his right arm,” the officer wrote the charging documents. “I walked with Brown to the sideway.”
The affidavit said Brown pushed the officer away from him and that was when the encounter became physical, according to TMZ.
The officer took the 19-year-old football player to the ground and then arrested him, according to charging documents.
“Brown engaged in fighting behavior, congregated with two or more other people in a public place refusing to comply with a lawful order to disperse, and obstructed vehicular traffic in a public place,” the affidavit read.
Court documents said that was when another Razorbacks team member jumped into the fray, TMZ reported.
Police said that defensive end Myles Slusher, a junior, tried to pull the arresting officer off of his teammate, according to charging documents.
Officers ended up arresting Slusher, too, TMZ reported.
Brown and Slusher were booked into the Washington County Detention Center and charged with disorderly conduct.
Both of the football players were released later on Sunday morning, TMZ reported.
Brown and Slusher are scheduled to appear in court in December.
The arrests occurred just hours after the Razorbacks lost to the Liberty University Flames 21-to-19 at home on Saturday, TMZ reported.
Arkansas Head Coach Sam Pittman said the team was aware of the defensive backs’ arrests.
“We are in the process of gathering information from the proper authorities,” Pittman said in a statement. “Once we have that information, we will determine their status with our team.”