11 Alcorn State University football players arrested in connection with fight

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CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — Eleven Alcorn State University football players were taken into custody in connection with a fight that broke out in the school cafeteria last week.

Claiborne County Sheriff Frank Davis said more than 21 affidavits had been filed in connection with the incident. Out of those affidavits, 11 students had been arrested.

The charges range from simple assault to malicious mischief.

Sheriff Davis said school officials have been cooperating with the investigation. He said the football coach told the students to meet him and that’s when the 11 players were taken into custody.

The fight broke out in the cafeteria last Monday and was caught on video. The video, which made rounds on social media, shows dozens of students throwing punches.

Sheriff Davis said the warrants were signed by a judge Wednesday morning. Ten more arrests are expected.

Alcorn has a spring football game scheduled for this Saturday. WJTV reached out to the athletic department to see if the players involved will sit out. They have not released a statement at this time.

The university released this statement:

Alcorn State University is aware of an incident involving students Monday, April 10. Maintaining a safe and secure campus community is the institution’s top priority. Campus Police investigates all instances of student misconduct thoroughly and appropriate disciplinary actions are implemented in accordance with Alcorn’s Student Code of Conduct.”

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