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UConn Football Player Suspended

May 20, 1998

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ A University of Connecticut football player, charged with pointing a gun at a woman volleyball player during last month’s spring weekend melee, has been indefinitely suspended from the team.

The suspension of starting linebacker Charles Adams will be in effect until the outcome of his court case, coach Skip Holtz said Tuesday.

The 21-year-old senior from Reading, Pa., was charged May 9 with first-degree reckless endangerment, threatening and breach of peace. He appeared in Vernon Superior Court on Tuesday and was released on a $5,000 bond. The case has been continued to June 2.

Adams was walking on campus April 26 when he passed three female volleyball players and yelled insults, according to the arrest affidavit.

When Adams’ cousin and another woman attempted to defuse the argument, Adams allegedly took a gun out of his cousin’s pants and put it under the left cheekbone of one of the players. Adams has denied threatening anyone, the affidavit said.

Spring weekend festivities this year were marked by four days of raucous behavior on and off the campus. Police arrested 87 people, at least 35 of them UConn students, on charges including inciting to riot and assault on a police officer.

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