Brian Linthicum gets probation

Updated: April 13, 2011, 1:26 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Brian Linthicum, one of two Michigan State football players arrested in mid-March after a bar fight in Aspen, Colo., was sentenced to one year of probation Tuesday, according to Detroit media reports.

Linthicum, 23, took a plea deal, which reduced third-degree misdemeanor charges of assault and eluding police down to misdemeanor harassment.

Linthicum and teammate Max Bullough, 19, were arrested early March 11 at the Regal Watering Hole in Aspen. Workers there said Linthicum punched another patron, Benjamin Nichols.

Police said the two players ran away from officers when they arrived. When officers caught up with them, police said they had to use a stun gun to subdue Linthicum, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end.

As part of the agreement, Linthicum, who will be a senior this fall, also must perform community service, take an anger management class and pay a fine. Left unresolved is whether he will have to pay restitution to Nichols.

Bullough, a linebacker who will be a sophomore this fall, was charged with underage possession of alcohol and eluding police. His hearing is set for Tuesday in Colorado.

Both were held out of the first two spring football practices.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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