CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Hakim Hill didn't even make it to spring practice with Northern Iowa's football team.
Given a chance following his dismissal from Arizona State's team
last season, Hill was dropped from the Panthers' roster on Monday
after he was arrested for fighting with police officers in Iowa
City over the weekend.
"We gave this young man a second chance and unfortunately, he
did not live up to the terms of our conditions for him to continue
as a part of our athletic family," UNI athletic director Rick
"We felt like he deserved a second chance and now we have no
alternative but to dismiss him from the football team."
Hill fought with the officers and threatened to kill them and
harm their families, according to police reports. The incident
happened early Sunday when police responded to a fight involving
four people at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City.
According to police, Hill poked and screamed at a security guard
at the hotel. When officers identified themselves, Hill repeated
the action against them. He smelled strongly of alcohol, officials
Told he was under arrest, Hill refused to be handcuffed, police
said. The report said he kicked an officer in the shin and officers
had to push and pull him into a squad car. He was taken to
University Hospitals' emergency room and continued to struggle with
police and "made death threats to officers and their families,"
according to police.
The whereabouts of the others involved in the initial fight was
not immediately known.
Hill was not admitted to the hospital and was taken to jail. He
was arrested on two counts of assault on a peace officer and one
count each of disorderly conduct, public intoxication and
interference with official acts. All charges are misdemeanors.
Northern Iowa had given Hill a chance to continue playing
college football after he was dismissed at Arizona State for
breaking team rules. Hill, a running back who played at Iowa City
High, had enrolled at UNI for the second semester and was preparing
for spring practice, which starts next month.
But UNI officials pulled Hill's scholarship and he was
withdrawing from school, athletic department spokeswoman Nancy
UNI coach Mark Farley said Hill broke a "zero tolerance"
conduct policy that had been instituted when he enrolled.
Hill, who led Arizona State in rushing last season with 566
yards, was given a season-long suspension as a freshman at ASU
after getting into trouble in high school.
As a student at City High, Hill was convicted of driving while
intoxicated and stealing paint ball equipment. Hill also faced
third-degree sexual assault charges, which later were settled as
serious misdemeanor assault causing injury as part of a plea
agreement, although he did not admit guilt.