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November 12, 2008

Seminole players involved in altercation

Once again Florida State's wide receivers find themselves making headlines for the wrong reasons.

In five of FSU's nine games this season, one or multiple wide receivers have missed a game because of a suspension. Whether or not that trend continues this week remains to be seen, but on Wednesday there was another off-the field incident that allegedly involved a handful of Seminole wide receivers.

According to Florida State Police Department spokesman Major Jim Russell, over 10 people were involved in a "large brawl" that took place at the Student Union at approximately 12:37 p.m. Russell could not release any names, but did confirm with Warchant.com that multiple football players may have been involved.

"It allegedly involved some members of the FSU football team and members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity," Russell said. "I would say it was a large crowd, 10 or more people... There were four people injured that we know of at this time, two male and two female students."

Russell says they have accumulated 15 witness statements from the incident and are still going through all the information. They are also asking that anybody that witnessed the altercation to contact FSU PD and give a statement.

So far, nobody has been arrested.

While not confirmed by anybody at Florida State or FSU PD, there have been multiple radio and on-line reports stating that wide receiver Taiwan Easterling was initially involved and then other receivers came to his aid.

After Wednesday's practice, the Seminole players and assistant coaches were off-limits to the media. Head coach Bobby Bowden didn't shed any light on what happened or whether there would be any punishments stemming from the altercation.

"Our players will not be interviewed tonight. The incident that happened today, I really have no comment on it," Bowden said. "The police will look into it and will let us know what they think, and that is all I got to say about that."

Florida State will face Boston College this Saturday night on ABC with an 8:00 p.m. kickoff.

Gene WilliamsGene Williams is the founder and administrator of Warchant.com and writes stories and features covering all of FSU's sports with an emphasis on football and football recruiting. For seven years, Williams hosted a weekly sports radio show in Tallahassee. He currently appears as a weekly guest on 1010 XL Sports Radio in Jacksonville and 1270 The Team in Tallahassee during football season. Williams is also a former ACC correspondent for College Football News (weekly national newspaper), and contributes to The Osceola. Story about Gene Williams & Warchant.com.

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