Randle El arrested

Wisconsin wide receiver may have violated first offender's program stipulations

Marcus Randle El, a sophomore wide receiver on the University of Wisconsin football team, has been tentatively charged with battery for his alleged involvement in a Friday night bar fight, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

As of late Saturday night Randle El remained in Dane County jail. Though the UW had not announced a suspension, the school's student-athlete discipline policy stipulates that a student-athlete arrested for a violent offense is automatically suspended indefinitely, with the opportunity to appeal.

Randle El, 19, was placed in Dane County's first-offender's program in June, after he pled guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge stemming from a March 2005 altercation with his girlfriend. After appealing the indefinite suspension that resulted from that offense, Randle El was suspended for half the Badgers' spring practices.

Under the terms of the first-offender's program, the March 2005 charge and subsequent guilty plea would be dismissed if Randle El satisfactorily completed the program, which runs through June 12, 2006.

If his most recent offense is found to violate the terms of his first-offender's program contract, Randle El will face sentencing on the disorderly conduct charge.

A little-used reserve this season, Randle El has been one of the favorites to take over a starting job at wide receiver in 2006, when UW must replace its current top three, who are all seniors.


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