Iowa RB Hampton pleads guilty
Iowa running back Jewel Hampton pleaded guilty Monday to public intoxication after his arrest early Saturday at an Iowa City bar, according to court documents. Hampton faces a $195 fine and was issued a ticket for being at an Iowa City bar while underage after 10 p.m.
Hampton, a candidate for Iowa's starting running back spot this fall, was arrested at 1:46 a.m. Saturday at Vito's, a restaurant and bar located near the University of Iowa campus. Police responded to Vito's after staff had reported a large fight in the back of the bar, Iowa City police Lt. Bill Campbell told ESPN.com.
Hampton was booked into the Johnson County jail at 2:42 a.m. and released at 3:15 a.m.
"I am aware of the incident involving [Hawkeyes cornerback] Jordan Bernstine and Jewel Hampton Friday evening and at this time I am in the process of gathering all the facts concerning the incident," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement. "Until I have all the facts, I'll have no further comment and the incident will be handled internally."
Staff and patrons told police that Hampton, 20, had been causing problems. Hampton had a preliminary breath test reading at 2:35 a.m. that showed a blood-alcohol level of .091.
"Based on their investigation, officers determined that Mr. Hampton was actively involved in several physical confrontations within the bar," Campbell told ESPN.com.
In Iowa City, people under 21 aren't allowed to be at a bar after 10 p.m.
Bernstine, a cornerback, was arrested with Hampton and charged with public intoxication. Bernstine is over 21, so he won't face the underage charge.
Bernstine had a preliminary breath test reading that showed a blood-alchohol level of .127.
Bernstine pleaded not guilty Monday to public intoxication.
Hampton missed all of the 2009 season with a knee injury but participated in spring practice. He entered last summer as Iowa's projected starter after rushing for 463 yards and seven touchdowns as a true freshman in 2008, but he hurt his knee during voluntary workouts in July and reinjured it in preseason camp.
Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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