Badgers Football Player Arrested In Fight Dismissed From Team | Crime
A member of the Wisconsin Badgers football team, Jake Irwin, was arrested on two counts of disorderly conduct and two counts of battery for his role in a fight outside the Red Gym on Sept. 1, according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department.
In addition, police said Abraham Thomas, 17, of Madison, had been held on a probation violation, but after further investigation, he now faces charges of substantial battery.
During the investigation, detectives learned that the incident was not unprovoked and was, in fact, the result of an argument that had happened on the Memorial Union Terrace earlier in the evening.
"At this point, this is not unprovoked like we initially thought. There was an altercation that had started, whether it was tempers that had flared, we're not quite sure what the ignition point was," said Sgt. Aaron Chapin, of the UW-Madison Police Department.
Police said during the incident, Irwin was struck in the head with a rock and needed treatment for his injuries.
The investigation is continuing and investigators are working with the Dane County District Attorney's Office on final charging decisions.
Irwin, a 20-year-old Waunakee native, redshirted last season as a true freshman and was not involved in fall practice this season, according to Badgers coach Bret Bielema.
"Jake Irwin had been serving a suspension and was not a part of our fall camp roster," Bielema said in a news release. "Following an incident that occurred late last week, I have decided to dismiss Jake from the Wisconsin football team. We will continue to provide Jake with support as he transitions into his future and wish him the best."
Irwin was the first player coached by Pat Rice to receive a scholarship to play at Wisconsin.