Randle El gets 18 months' probation in plea deal

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin wide receiver Marcus Randle El was placed on probation for 18 months after a plea agreement with prosecutors on charges stemming from a fight last December.

Randle El, 19, a sophomore and the brother of NFL wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery for his alleged role in a fight with former teammate Nick Sutton. A misdemeanor count of bail-jumping was dismissed.

Dane County Circuit Judge Steven Ebert also entered a guilty plea Monday on a charge of disorderly conduct, which stemmed from an incident last spring involving Randle El and his girlfriend. His sentencing had been deferred under a first offender's program, but the later arrest violated that placement.

Under conditions of probation, he must either take anger-management classes or undergo counseling for domestic violence.

"I think you have a problem controlling your temper," the judge said.

Randle El also was barred from engaging in any violent acts against his girlfriend or having any contact with Sutton.