Oregon selectively alerts some media outlets on Eddie Huard's arrest

The University of Oregon selectively alerted certain members of the media of an arrest of an Oregon football players. According to the Daily Emerald, the University's student newspaper, redshirt junior defensive end Eddie Heard was arrested at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 2) by UO Police on charges of harrassment and fourth degree assualt (both misdemeanors.) At 6:34 a.m. on Thursday, the Emerald reported in an update that Heard had been suspended from the team.

In a later update at 11:09 on Thursday the Emerald reported that the UO Police issued the following information:

According to UO Police’s summary of the case, Heard, 22, was arrested near UO campus following an incident at nearby Taylor’s Bar and Grill that occurred between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

On Nov. 1 UOPD received a report from a woman not affiliated with UO who said Heard “repeatedly touched her inside the bar, despite her loud vocal protests.” The woman told UOPD that Heard slapped her and she pushed him before she left the bar. She said Heard approached her outside the bar and punched her in the face near 13th Avenue and Kincaid Street.

UOPD interview multiple witnesses, Heard and the victim, and arrested Heard just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Finally at 1:41 p.m. Thursday the Emerald reported Eddie Heard plead “not guilty” to misdemeanor charges of harassment and assault in the fourth degree during his arraignment at Lane County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon.

Mark Helfrich was asked on Thursday morning following practice about Heard, however he declined comment referring to a statement that was apparently released earlier on Thursday.

eDuck.com has not received the statement nor is a copy of the statement available on Oregon's official website, GoDucks.com.


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