Charged players booted from team
By Genaro C. Armas, The Associated Press
POSTED: January 26, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK ? Three Penn State football players charged in connection with a campus fight last fall have been kicked off the team, at least temporarily, a person familiar with the players? status said Friday.
Defensive tackle Chris Baker and linebacker Navorro Bowman are awaiting trial on felony assault and other charges related to a fight in October at the campus student union in which police said one man was beaten.
Cornerback Knowledge Timmons was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and defiant trespass stemming from an incident after the fight.
The three players are no longer with the team, though there is a possibility they could return to the squad, said the person familiar with the situation who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject.
Team spokesman Jeff Nelson said Friday that ??three members of the squad have been excused from the team,?? but declined further comment.
Besides the criminal charges, Baker, Bowman and Timmons are facing potential disciplinary action from the university.
Baker started for most of the 2007 season, while Bowman saw significant action as a backup before his suspension. Timmons was playing primarily on special teams.