Several Gopher football, basketball athletes in troubleMinnesota Sports - A University of Minnesota football player was arrested and jailed for an altercation outside a pizza place in Dinkytown while two members of the Golden Gophers basketball team have been suspended by head coach Tubby Smith for violating team rules.
From the American Chronicle.com and Minnesota Daily.com websites
MINNESOTA - University of Minnesota freshman defensive back Michael Carter was arrested and jailed early Monday after being charged with obstruction of justice and consumption of liquor by a minor.
University of Minnesota police observed Carter and teammate Kenneth Watkins attempting to "pick a fight" with two other males in front of Mesa Pizza, 1323 4th St. S.E. in Dinkytown, according to a U police report.
Carter, 18, refused to obey a police officer's orders to place his hands on a wall and exhibited "aggressive behavior," according to the report. The officer then drew his Taser but did not fire it, the report said.
Michael Carter is the cousin of former Gophers All-American safety Tyrone Carter. He was a four-star recruit from Pompano Ely High School in South Florida. He is a freshman and No. 2 on the depth chart behind starting senior cornerback Traye Simmons.
Meanwhile, Minnesota has suspended basketball players Devron Bostick and Royce White indefinitely, head coach Tubby Smith announced at a press conference today.
Smith did not give reasons for the suspensions, but the announcement comes just one day after Athletics Director Joel Maturi said Trevor Mbakwe could not participate in the Gophers' games.