Friedgen: Team rules violated


COLLEGE PARK -- Team rules were violated during an altercation involving Maryland football players at a College Park bar early Tuesday morning, coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday, but Prince George's County police said no charges or arrests have been made.

A bar fight occurred just after 1 a.m. at the Cornerstone Grill and Loft in the 7300 block of Baltimore Avenue, after a woman complained of being grabbed inside the bar, according to police.

"We have some team rules that have been violated," Friedgen said on yesterday's Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference. "Right now I'm doing all I can to uncover the total facts. At the proper time, I'll comment on it."

According to the Maryland student newspaper The Diamondback, an off-duty bouncer was taken by ambulance to Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park for treatment of a broken nose, and two football players were there for treatment - one for a cut face.

The bouncer, Michael McDonald, told the paper that two football players "tried to start an altercation in the emergency room" and had to be separated by security.

Friedgen reportedly arrived at the bar after it cleared out at about 1:15 a.m.

No disciplinary measures have been taken, and all players are expected to be at practice today, according to an athletic department spokesman.

No names have been released, but Cpl. Debbi Carlson said there initially appeared to be about 15 people involved in the fight, and it is being handled as an assault. She said one man reportedly had a broken nose.

According to university police reports, a crowd of about 100 people was outside of the popular downtown bar.

Police are contacting victims and witnesses and bringing them in for statements.

Today is the first day of practice since Maryland's 35-27 loss to Florida State on Saturday. Maryland (4-4, 2-3 ACC) does not play again until Nov. 12 at North Carolina.

Several players and staff members declined to comment yesterday, as did employees at the Cornerstone.

Maryland@North Carolina Nov. 12, TBA, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM

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