LB Fairchild suspended pending review following criminal charges

Updated: March 25, 2008, 7:41 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas linebacker Freddie Fairchild was suspended from the team after he was charged on suspicion of beating a woman.

He was arrested Monday, and later released, on misdemeanor charges of suspicion of third-degree battery and false imprisonment. His arraignment is April 23.

Coach Bobby Petrino said Tuesday the 21-year-old player was suspended pending a review of whether he violated team rules.

"He will not be allowed to participate in any team activities during the suspension," Petrino said. "We will allow the legal process to take its course on this matter and Freddie will be provided the appropriate support during this time."

Fairchild "attacked [the woman] causing injuries to her head, face, extremities and pelvis," according to a preliminary probable cause statement from a Fayetteville police detective. The complaint said she reported that he would not allow her to leave for several hours.

Fairchild has been in a "domestic relationship" with the women intermittently for over a year, the statement said.

He started 11 games last season as a redshirt sophomore and led the Razorbacks with 4.5 sacks.


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