Reported altercation at UA frat house investigated; football players said to be at event

By: Tom Murphy
Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
An Arkansas Razorback helmet at Chad Morris introductory press conference Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
Photo by Andy Shupe
An Arkansas Razorback helmet at Chad Morris introductory press conference Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas Police Department is investigating an altercation on campus overnight Saturday at an event whose attendees included Razorback football players.

It wasn't immediately clear if any of the players were involved in the altercation, which led to a criminal complaint of third-degree battery.

The incident occurred at the Kappa Alpha fraternity house, according to a police department case log. A call reporting the incident came in at 1:38 a.m. on Sunday, prompting an investigation.

"It's all under investigation," University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Police Capt. Gary Crain said. "Nobody has been arrested, and we don't know the circumstances. We have a complaint of battery in the third degree, and we're investigating."

The Razorbacks football team played in the Red-White game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock early Saturday afternoon before returning to campus that evening.

UA spokesman Kevin Trainor issued a statement Tuesday confirming the athletic department's knowledge of the issue.

"The University of Arkansas Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has been made aware of an incident occurring this past weekend at an event," the statement read. "The event was attended by University of Arkansas students, including members of the football team. The incident is currently being reviewed by UAPD and the Office of Student Standards and Conduct. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will have no further comment until the completion of the review."

Coach Chad Morris, who is addressing the Fort Smith Razorback Club on Tuesday night, met with reporters at the event prior to the release of the UA statement.

The Razorbacks football program has gone through a relatively calm five years in terms of arrests and incidents involving players. No players have been arrested since Morris got the job Dec. 7.


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