Mason charged with four misdemeanors

Wisconsin receiver suspended indefinitely

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Ernest Mason, a 19-year-old sophomore receiver on the University of Wisconsin football team, has been suspended from the team after violating Wisconsin's Student-Athlete Discipline Policy Thursday.


According to The Capital Times Mason was arrested Thursday night following an altercation with his 18-year-old girlfriend outside the Regent Apartments in Madison. 


Mason was formally charged in Dane County Circuit Court with four misdemeanors Friday: battery, intimidating a victim, disorderly conduct and bail jumping. He appeared in court for his initial appearance with attorney Charles Giesen and was released on signature bond.


The bail jumping charge was levied because Mason was ordered to have no contact with the woman after he was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and intimidating a victim after an incident at a campus dorm Dec. 2. Mason was suspended indefinitely from the football team at that time as well, but was reinstated two days later by the school's appeals committee and did not miss any formal practice time or competition. Mason's trial regarding those charges is set to begin May 6.


Under the terms of the discipline policy, Mason has 72 hours from the time he was notified of the current suspension to decide whether he will appeal. If Mason does not pursue an appeal, the suspension from competition and practice will continue until the charges have been addressed by the legal system and/or any applicable university or departmental disciplinary process, according to a statement released Friday by the university.

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