Friday, June 8, 2007
Purify suspended after arrest on suspicion of DUI
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Wide receiver Maurice Purify was suspended
indefinitely from the Nebraska football team Friday after his
arrest on suspicion of drunken driving, his second run-in with law
enforcement in five weeks.
A State Patrol trooper stopped Purify at 12:25 a.m. at the
intersection of Cornhusker Highway and North First Street in
Lincoln. Purify was observed driving 53 mph in a 40 mph zone and
failing to use his turn signal, patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins
The 21-year-old Purify was taken to the Lincoln Detoxification
Center after being ticketed on suspicion of driving while
Collins said she didn't know Purify's blood-alcohol level at the
time of his arrest.
"We are aware of Maurice's situation and we take it very
seriously," coach Bill Callahan said. "I met with Maurice today
and explained to him that he is indefinitely suspended from the
team. At this point, his future status with our team is
A call seeking comment from Purify's attorney, Jon Braaten of
Lincoln, was not immediately returned.
Purify had been charged with two counts of assault, resisting
arrest, trespassing and failure to comply after a May 5 incident at
a downtown bar. Purify was accused of throwing a man over a table,
hitting him several times and striking the man's girlfriend.
Purify had been authorized to enter a pretrial diversion program
in that case. City prosecutor John McQuinn said Friday afternoon
that he hadn't seen paperwork on Purify's arrest, so he couldn't
speculate how the arrest would affect the player's possible
participation in diversion.
Purify, from Eureka, Calif., was Nebraska's second-leading
receiver last season, catching 34 passes for 630 yards and seven
touchdowns. He will be a senior in the fall.