UC football player arrested, suspended after home break-in

UC football player arrested, suspended after home break-in

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A University of Cincinnati football player is suspended from the team indefinitely following a weekend arrest near campus.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville suspended Marcus Tappan on Monday after the sophomore linebacker was arrested early Sunday morning while police were investigating a breaking and entering offense.

Tappan displayed behavior consistent with being drunk and he admitted to drinking alcohol, according to police.

Records also state he broke a window of a home in the 2400 block of Ohio Avenue with the intent of taking property. He was seen climbing in to the window.

An individual answering the door at the home where the crime is alleged said there are six students living there, all of whom are UC athletes.

"It obviously doesn't reflect well upon our university and our student body," said Dave Werwinski, a UC student.

"We try to stay away from negative situations like that, but then again, there are a lot of distractions in college. It's hard but you have to try to stay away from those type of things and remember why you're here whether it be academics, or in his case, athletics," said Werwinski.

Tappan was with Northwestern University football player Russell "Brett" Walsh during his arrest.

The owners of the home did not want to press charges.

Both players were charged with possessing a fake ID, disorderly conduct and underage drinking.

Tappan is from Pasadena, Calif. He has not played in any games for UC.

On Sunday, UC's Senior Director of Sports Communication, Ryan Koslen, said the following in regards to Tappan's arrest:

"Coach Tuberville is aware of the incident involving Marcus Tappan and is in the process of gathering information. It would be inappropriate to comment at this time."

The family of University of Cincinnati Linebacker Marcus Tappan has the following statement in regards to the alleged charges that have been bought against him;

"We are aware of the incident involving our son Marcus Tappan. We are currently working with our family attorney to resolve this issue. According to Marcus, this is a huge misunderstanding. Marcus has never been in trouble with the law and we are confident this will be resolved. We will make an official statement at a later date. We appreciate the respect of our privacy during this time. - Mrs. Felicia Tappan

Last week, UC's backup quarterback Jarred Evans was arrested on an assault charge for punching a man on Calhoun Street and knocking him unconscious.

On Sept. 30, a UC football employee was fired for allegedly exposing himself at a Northern Kentucky Kroger store.

"We are a great school. We know what we're doing. Make sure that we're known that way, and not just through this one incident," said Mark Friedel, a UC student.

"It's hard to say we should hold ourselves to different standards, but they just need to be cognizant of what their name means compared to just me being a student," said Werwinksi.

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