Minnesota's VanDeSteeg charged with assaulting two men

Updated: January 1, 2008, 1:20 AM ET
Associated Press

GLENCOE, Minn. -- University of Minnesota football player William VanDeSteeg was charged Monday with assaulting two men outside a liquor store.

According to a criminal complaint filed in McLeod County District Court, VanDeSteeg was arrested early Sunday morning at the Biscay Liquor store in Biscay and was later charged with two counts of fifth-degree assault.

One of the men told deputies that VanDeSteeg grabbed him by the neck and lifted him above the ground, the complaint said.

VanDeSteeg, 21, a junior, led the Gophers in sacks the past season and was a team captain. He graduated from Glencoe-Silver Lake High School.

Biscay is about 50 miles west of Minneapolis.

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