UM player cited for DWI by school's campus police

Henderson demoted from starting position

October 05, 2001|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland linebacker E.J. Henderson was indefinitely demoted from his starting position after being cited for a DWI violation by the school's campus police, head coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday.

On Monday, Friedgen took the action on Henderson - a junior and Aberdeen High School grad - after he was cited on early Sunday morning in a parking lot off Chapel Drive, following Maryland's win over West Virginia.

According to a campus police spokesman, Henderson took a field sobriety and Breathalyzer test (the results were not released), and signed a ticket to appear in Prince George's County District Court. No court date has been set, and the maximum penalty for a DWI offense is 12 months or a $1,000 fine.

In addition to the demotion, Friedgen also revoked Henderson's complimentary tickets usually intended for family and friends.

"E.J. has admitted his mistake, accepted responsibility, and apologized," Friedgen said in a statement. "I feel bad for E.J. He has been a model person in our program on and off the field. ... This is an unfortunate learning experience for him."

Monte Graves, a senior from St. Mary's High in Annapolis, will start in place of Henderson, who has 55 tackles this season, including 18 in the last game.

After practice, Friedgen spoke tersely with regard to the disciplinary action, stating that Henderson would play, but that he did not know how much.

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