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Nebraska defensive end Wistrom cited for disturbing peace

December 9, 1997

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska defensive end Grant Wistrom was ticketed for disturbing the peace after a confrontation with a man at a pizza restaurant.

Wistrom says he was punched but did not hit back early Sunday during the argument by a pool table at Lazzari’s Pizza. The man, Conrad Hymer, also got a ticket for disturbing the peace.

Police said Hymer hit a woman with a pool cue during a game and that Wistrom shoved him. Hymer responded by hitting Wistrom, police Capt. Steve Imes said.

Wistrom gave a different version Monday night, saying he only asked `What’s the problem?′ when he heard an argument that began after Hymer bumped the woman with his cue in the crowded restaurant. Hymer responded with a punch, Wistrom said.

``I never threw a punch. I only said something because I thought he was harassing one of my friends,″ said Wistrom, who plans to fight the ticket.

The No. 2 Cornhuskers take on No. 3 Tennessee on Jan. 2 in the Orange Bowl. Nebraska athletic department spokeswoman Chris Anderson said today that coach Tom Osborne did not intend to take any action against Wistrom, who’s expected to start in the game.

Wistrom was in New York today to accept an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame banquet.

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