“AIR-SOFT” RIFLE INCIDENT PROMPTS DISCIPLINARY ACTION
By FITSNEWS || Four University of Kentucky football players have been suspended for Saturday’s game against the University of South Carolina for their role in an “air-soft” pistol incident on the UK campus Sunday night.
Drew Barker, Stanley “Boom” Williams, Dorian Baker and Tymere Dubose will all miss Saturday’s SEC East showdown against head coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks – and face additional disciplinary action for their involvement in the incident.
“Proper conduct is emphasized as a core value of our program,” head coach Mark Stoops said in announcing the suspensions. “If we have a situation in which someone who does not act according to our standards, we hold him accountable.”
According to University police, Barker, Williams, Baker and Dubose were among the “persons of interest” seen on a surveillance camera on Kentucky’s South Campus near where the air pistol was fired.
“We have been able to identify all of the people in a picture from last night’s incident captured on security cameras,” UK’s police chief said in a statement. “Moreover, three BB guns connected with the incident were recovered as part of our investigation. UK Police officers also have interviewed those identified in the picture and worked closely with the Office of Student Affairs and the Department of Athletics on the appropriate next steps. To that end, we will be meeting tomorrow with the Fayette County Attorney’s office to determine what actions should take place. Once that investigation is completed, that information will be turned over to the Office of Student Affairs as dictated by university policy to investigate whether any violations of the code of student conduct have taken place.”
Really? All over a fake gun?
No injuries were reported in connection with the incident, although we’re told it did cause quite a stir on campus.
For those of you keeping score at home, Baker is the Wildcats’ fourth-leading receiver with 11 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. Williams is the team’s fifth-leading rusher, carrying the ball 16 times for 99 yards and a touchdown. Neither Barker nor Dubose have accumulated any statistics this season.
Kentucky (3-1, 1-1 SEC) hosts South Carolina at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The Wildcats ended a seventeen-game SEC losing streak with last weekend’s 17-7 home win over Vanderbilt – and took Florida to triple overtime in “The Swamp” on September 13 before losing 36-30.
South Carolina (3-2, 2-2 SEC) lost to Missouri 21-20 at home – giving up a pair of touchdowns in the final seven-and-half minutes of the game.
The Gamecocks opened as 10-point favorites, although that line immediately dropped to 7.5 and has since slid to 5 points.