Bans announced for A&M players
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M starting defensive backs Deshazor Everett and Floyd Raven each must miss some game time for a violation of athletic department policies, athletic director Eric Hyman announced on Saturday.
Everett, a starting cornerback, will be suspended a half game while Raven, projected to start at safety, will be suspended a full game.
Both were suspended from team activities for nearly a month after each were charged this summer with two counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of criminal mischief stemming from an April incident in College Station, Texas. Both turned themselves in and were released from jail shortly thereafter on July 1.
Everett and Raven both returned to team activities when preseason training camp started on Aug. 5. Possible candidates to play in their place while they serve their suspensions include senior cornerback Otis Jacobs and senior safety Clay Honeycutt.
Court documents obtained by TheEagle.com indicate that on April 30 two men received injuries after being struck in the face by Everett and Raven during a dispute at a College Station apartment complex. The documents state more than $500 in damage to a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe when Everett and Raven pounded and kicked the vehicle at the scene of the fight.
The fight apparently started at a bar when Everett and Raven sprayed champagne into a crowd, TheEagle.com reported based on the arrest report. Pushing and shoving ensued, but before a fight started it was broken up by College Station police and bouncers at the club, according to the arrest report.
The arrest report also said that Everett admitted to police the two players were involved in the altercation at the bar, and when they later saw the men from the bar pull up to Everett's complex, they were going to "finish what they started at the bar," TheEagle.com reported.
Everett, a 6-foot, 185-pound junior started in 12 games last season and is best known for intercepting AJ McCarron to seal the Aggies 29-24 upset win over No. 1 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Raven, a 6-2, 190-pound junior played in all 13 games last year, seeing part-time work at cornerback and playing on special teams. He was moved to free safety this spring after spending two seasons as a corner.
The Aggies begin their season at noon on Aug. 31, hosting Rice at Kyle Field.
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