- Joe Schad, ESPN.com
- 0 Shares
Mississippi State senior running back Anthony Dixon, the team's top returning offensive player, was cited for driving under the influence after refusing to take a breathalyzer test Saturday night, police said.
According to The Associated Press, a narrative report from the arresting officer says Dixon drove his silver Chevrolet Impala through parking spaces along the right side of the street before he was pulled over.
There were two champagne bottles on the back floorboard of his vehicle, he had slurred speech and his eyes were bloodshot, the report said.
Dixon also was issued citations for careless driving and no proof of liability insurance, according to the report.
"I sincerely apologize to not only my coaches and teammates, but also to all of the Mississippi State fans that I've let down by my poor decisions," Dixon said in a statement released by the school. "I will accept whatever punishment Coach [Dan] Mullen decides and hope I can move forward and prepare to help this team."
It is not clear if Dixon faces a suspension. In the same statement, Mullen said any punishment "will be handled inside the football program."
"Obviously I'm extremely disappointed in Anthony Dixon's selfish decisions on Saturday night that led to his arrest," Mullen said. "This is a topic that we've discussed with our team several times, and we expect each of our student-athletes to not put themselves in this position. We'll continue to work with law enforcement while educating our players about these matters."
Since Mullen succeeded Sylvester Croom as coach in December, four Mississippi State players have been arrested for infractions involving alcohol or drugs. Tight end Marcus Green was arrested last week on marijuana charges.
Mississippi State's most accomplished offensive player, the 6-foot-1, 236-pound Dixon rushed for 869 yards and seven touchdowns last season and had 1,066 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore.
Mississippi State opens its season Sept. 5 against Jackson State and follows with consecutive road games at Southeastern Conference foes Auburn and Vanderbilt.
Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.
19hDavid M. Hale
2dMark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy
3dMark Schlabach and Sharon Katz