An Alabama State football player has been suspended by the school indefinitely after he punched a security guard during his team’s 23-10 loss to Florida A&M. The incident was caught on video, which has been making the rounds all over social media.
The player, identified as Jacob Freeman, got into an argument with A&M fans after the game, prompting a security guard to step in to prevent the player from escalating the incident. Video footage shows Freeman getting into a heated exchange with the A&M sidelines when the stadium official tried to intervene. The player then struck the security guard in the face. From there, more Alabama State players rushed up to the crowd, but no further incidents were reported.
Alabama State University Athletic Director Dr. Jason Cable issued the following statement:
“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 school’s statement concluded. “The student-athlete has been suspended indefinitely from the football program, effective immediately.”
The Southwestern Athletic Conference, which Alabama State plays in, issued a statement of their own, as well: “The Southwestern Athletic Conference is aware of the incident that transpired at the conclusion of the Alabama State at Florida A&M football game involving an ASU student-athlete… The (SWAC) has a zero-tolerance policy regarding unsportsmanlike conduct.”
Unfortunately for Freeman, the trouble didn’t end with the school or the conference.
Freeman’s troubles also extend to the legal realm; the day after the game, he was arrested by the FAMU Police and charged with battery. Freeman was reportedly released.