Thursday, October 1, 2009
Gophers' Tinsley cited by police, won't be suspended
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Minnesota linebacker Gary Tinsley was cited by university police for underage drinking and fleeing police following an alleged fight early Sunday morning.
Police responded to reports of a fight near the Minnesota campus that allegedly involved Gophers football players and a player from Augsburg College.
No arrests were made for assault, but police saw Tinsley "swinging a wooden board amid a crowd of people." He ran from the scene and was caught nearby, though no one identified him in connection with the assault.
According to the police report, officers arrived at the house after receiving a call about a fight involving 15 to 20 men. Police were responding to a 911 caller who reported that several members of the Gophers football team were en route to the house in the 700 block of 15th Avenue SE to assault him. Upon arrival, according to the report, police found that a member of the Augsburg College football team had been assaulted.
Athletic director Joel Maturi told local media outlets that the school will look into the incident. Gophers head coach Tim Brewster said Tinsley, a reserve sophomore who hasn't played this year, won't face a suspension.
"There will definitely be some action taken, I can assure you of that," Maturi told the Star Tribune. "What that action is remains to be seen."
Maturi added that the incident Sunday morning was not related to the two-game suspensions handed out to Gophers defenders Cedric McKinley and Tim Dandridge earlier this week.