Geer Arrested

Spring football is scheduled to begin Monday at Colorado, but off-the-field issues are taking the spotlight this weekend. Riar Geer, the junior tight end at Colorado, was arrested Friday night for his alleged involvement in a fight, according to several news sources. He's the second player to be arrested in the past two days.

Riar Geer became the second CU football player arrested for fighting since Lynn Katoa turned himself in to authorities Friday. Katoa's arrest was in connection for his alleged involvement in an off-campus altercation in February.

In an unrelated situation, Geer was arrested late Friday following a fight on The Hill in Boulder that evening. Geer allegedly punched two fellow CU students in the mouth during the altercation. One had to receive medical attention.

Head coach Dan Hawkins has temporarily suspended Geer from the football team, until Geer's incident makes its way through the legal system and is reviewed by the University's Office of Judicial Affairs.

Hawkins responded to inquirees about Geer's arrest with a prepared statement that stated: "It's unfortunate we've had these instances back to back, and once again, I do not condone any of our players engaging in this kind of conduct."

Athletic Director Mike Bohn released a statement, as well. He said, "I am extremely disappointed and troubled by these incidents. We don't condone this kind activity, it's counterproductive and disrupts the progress we're trying to make as a department and as a university.

"We take great pride in educating our student-athletes on making the proper decisions, using the right decorum, and when that doesn't happen, it is extremely frustrating and embarrassing. We invest a significant amount of time and energy in bringing in guest speakers, psychologists, conflict resolution counselors and other experts to help them understand their role and responsibility in proper behavior.

"Obviously we need to do more, we believe this is a societal issue and we want to continue to take the lead in addressing solutions to something that had been detrimental to our university and community.

We have to find a way to address these cultural issues with enhanced discipline, more extensive rehabilitation efforts and preventative measures that have to be heightened."

Katoa is being allowed to participate in football practices, at least until his case is reviewed in the legal system and by the Judicial Affairs at CU.

If Judicial Affairs decides to take similar action to what they did last fall with football player Mike Sipili, who was arrested in connection with his role in an off-campus fight, both student-athletes could be suspended from school for a semester. Sipili was not allowed on campus during the fall of 2007. He has been reinstated and is in school and on the football team this semester.

Geer led CU in receiving as a true freshman in 2006, and was a starting tight end last season, too.

CU-Boulder Chancellor Bud Peterson released a statement in the wake of both incidents. He said, "I want to assure our university community and the people of Boulder that we will not tolerate this type of behavior by our students."

Peterson said he backed the school's stance against violence, and would stand behind any measures Hawkins and athletic director Mike Bohn might enact to deal with violent behavior from football players.

"CU's many supporters have my pledge that we will continue to challenge all at CU to create an environment in which all students and members of our community can feel safe, and can engage one another on a more human level," he said.

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