Four Arizona players arrested in fight

Updated: March 8, 2012, 5:18 PM ET
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com

Four Arizona football players, including starting offensive tackle Fabbians Ebbele, were arrested early Friday morning after a fight at a house party.

Also arrested were sophomore cornerback Jourdon Grandon, sophomore offensive lineman Eric Bender, and sophomore safety Jared Tevis.

Ebbele, Grandon and Bender were arrested on charges of criminal trespassing in the first degree and assault. Tevis was arrested on trespassing charges.

The Arizona Daily Wildcat, the school newspaper, first reported the incident.

Citing police records, the report said there were two separate incidents. A first fight occurred after the players were asked to leave the party because they were not invited. Former Arizona safety Joshua Robbins got into an altercation with a female, starting the brawl after he allegedly punched her in the face.

The players left , then returned a short time later with "a group of between 10 and 30." A man, later identified as Ebbele, forcibly entered the home and "began punching everybody he could reach," according to the report.

"We are taking this matter seriously," Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne said. "We are cooperating fully with the Tucson Police Department, and disciplinary action will be handled accordingly. Due to federal student-privacy laws, we will have no further comment."

Ebbele, 6-foot-8, 310 pounds, started every game last fall at right tackle. Grandon started four games, finishing with 36 tackles and an interception. Tevis had 12 total tackles.

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