Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Two Syracuse University football players are facing charges after an alleged drunken incident involving police early Sunday morning.
Junior running back Steve Rene and junior linebacker Marquis Spruill were taken into custody around 12:20 a.m. on Livingston Avenue.
Rene was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Spruill was charged with disorderly conduct and second degree harassment.
Police say both men were drunk during the incident.
According to the police reports filed Sunday morning, police officers reported that they saw Rene in the middle of the road, yelling at a group of people.
According to the police report, as officers were ushering Rene to the sidewalk, he was yelling obscenities. He did make it to the sidewalk, but went back into the road, where reports suggest the real confrontation with police began.
The report says "Rene appeared to be extremely angry and was throwing his arms around as if he was ready to fight or attempting to get in a fight with somebody."
The officer reports when he was "attempting to secure Rene, a second male now known as Marquis Spurill came up behind him and grabbed onto the front upper portion of his uniform with both hands"
Another officer reported seeing this and, "forcefully shoved Spurill to the ground."
Meanwhile, officers said Rene was refusing to put his arms behind his back to be handcuffed. So, reports state, another officer approached with a patrol dog, a 5 year old German Shepherd named "Beny.” The dog "struck Rene twice in the middle of the back with his muzzle, at which time the officers were able to pull his arms free and he was handcuffed without further incident."
Reports say both men were put into the back of patrol cars. One account says "Spruill continued to kick the inside of [the car] in an aggressive manner. At one point, while attempting to gather pedigree information from Rene, Spruill kicked the rear door of [the car] causing it to swing open and almost hit [the officer] in the face."
It is unclear what the players' current status is with the Syracuse University football team, which announced on Sunday that it will play in the Pinstripe Bowl on December 29th.
In a statement, head coach Doug Marrone said: "We are aware of the situation and will handle it in the appropriate fashion."