Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
The festive weekend has become scarred because one member of the Indiana University football team was arrested Sunday morning on misdemeanor battery charges as well as public intoxication and disorderly conduct, according to a report from Mike Miller of the Hoosier Scoop. Green is being accused of slapping a woman across the face after she refused to dance with him at a party according to the police report. It was also stated that the victim did not have any marks or bruising when the police arrived according to reports. All of the charges are Class B Misdemeanors which carry a potential sentence of "imprison(ment) for a fixed term of not more than one hundred eighty (180) days; in addition, he may be fined not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000). As added by Acts 1976, P.L.148, SEC.8". Hoosier who found trouble is big defensive lineman Ralph Green, a red shirt junior who was going to be a factor in improving the IU defense. The incident occurred at a house on North Lincoln Street according to a Bloomington Police Department report, where Green “struck the victim in the face, causing a complaint of pain.” The time of the arrest listed on the police report was 1:42am.
Green has been a solid player for the Hoosiers in his two years on the field posting 44 tackles in just 23 games. He was named to both the BTN.com and Freshman All-American teams as an honorable mention.
One would have to believe that this is going to result in at least a suspension if not more. A dismissal would be a huge blow to the defensive line depth, bit some things are more important than football especially when it comes to the law. This is not how head coach Kevin Wilson wanted to start the Little 500 weekend.
Green "has been suspended from all football activities effective immediately, and the IU Office of the Dean of Students has been notified of the allegations consistent with Department of Athletics policy. We will continue to gather facts, monitor the legal and university processes, and take further action as the evolving situation warrants." according to an official IU release.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.