CORVALLIS, Ore. -- An Oregon State football player has been
indefinitely suspended from the team, but police and school
officials would not confirm reports he was involved in an
altercation at a popular hangout.
Offensive guard Brent Bridges is the fifth player to be
suspended by the team in the past month for "violations of team
Four other players were involved in a separate alleged assault
on an Oregon National Guardsman on leave from Iraq outside the
Headline Cafe on Nov. 12. One of those players, 20-year-old
defensive end Joe Rudulph, faces misdemeanor charges in that case.
Beavers athletic director Bob De Carolis would not comment on
any connection between Bridges and three reported incidents at the
same nightspot early Sunday morning, after the Beavers beat the
rival Ducks in the annual Civil War game.
Lt. Ron Noble of the Corvallis Police Department, confirmed that
police are investigating three weekend incidents at the Headline
Cafe, including a man who was hospitalized after possibly falling
or being pushed down a stairway, a second man who was assaulted and
a woman who says she was harassed.
Bridges, a senior, played in every game this season, but did not
Beavers starting receiver Anthony Wheat-Brown also was suspended
in connection with the Nov. 12 incident, as were reserves Whitfield
Usher and Ryan Rainwater.
"It's unfortunate that these two incidents, while completely
separate, happened within the space of seven days," DeCarolis told
The Oregonian newspaper.
An Oregon State offensive guard Brent Bridges has been indefinitely suspended from the team.