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UC football player suspended after weekend party

University of Cincinnati football player Alexander Thomas. Photo via Hamilton County Sheriff. University of Cincinnati football player Alexander Thomas. Photo via Hamilton County Sheriff.

One University of Cincinnati football player was arrested and three others were cited after police responded to gunshots at an off-campus party gone wrong last weekend. Freshman cornerback Alexander Thomas, arrested after he ran from the police, has been suspended at least four games, while the others involved remain on the Bearcats active roster.

The Cincinnati Police Department and campus police arrived at the scene on 132 Lyons Street, just a few blocks from campus, around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Thomas, out of North Lauderdale, Florida, was arrested when he attempted to flee the scene on foot after being ordered by an officer to stop. Thomas plead not guilty and was released after posting a $250 bond.

"In accordance with my team rules, he will not be eligible to participate in a game until his legal matter is completely resolved," said UC head football coach Tommy Tuberville. "He has a preliminary court date on Oct. 14. So, he will miss at least four games and possibly more."

Senior running back Hosey Williams was cited for disorderly conduct while intoxicated. Williams, originally from Miami, Florida, has been ordered to appear in court on September 25. Williams led the Bearcats with 103 yards rushing in their 58-34 win over Toledo last Friday.

The two others players cited at the same party last weekend were sophomore linebacker Ey'Shawn McClain and junior cornerback Leviticus Payne. Both were cited for failure to appear in court in February on marijuana possession.

Williams, McClain and Payne have been disciplined for their involvement in the incident and will not face any suspension.

"This kind of behavior is not acceptable and not indicative of the UC football program," said Tuberville. "Moving forward, we will continue to educate our players on making good decisions and being great representatives of the University."

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