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Starter one of two Colorado St. players arrested at ‘mega party’

Justin Semmes, James Skelton

Of course they were.

What’s being labeled as a Facebook-driven party attended by upwards of 4,000 people in Fort Collins Saturday has led to a couple of legal issues for a pair of Colorado State football players.

According to, linebacker James Skelton and defensive lineman Zach Tiedgen were arrested this weekend for third-degree assault and disorderly conduct, respectively.  The Rams duo were two of four people arrested in connection to a fight that broke out at a party police said led to emergency personnel being “overwhelmed with alcohol-overdose cases.”

The school has been informed of the situation, and each player was permitted to practice with the team Monday.

“I’m aware of the incident,” head coach Steve Fairchild said. “I’ve looked into it, we are looking into it and we’ll comment further when we know more.”

While neither player has been suspended by the football program, Dean of Students Jody Donovan told the television station that they could face school-imposed sanctions.

Skelton, a redshirt junior, has played in 24 games the past two seasons, starting four of those contests.  He had been penciled in as a starter prior to the incident.

Tiedgen started seven games as a redshirt freshman in 2009,  but missed the 2010 season due to a torn ACL.  He’s currently listed as backup.

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4 Responses to “Starter one of two Colorado St. players arrested at ‘mega party’”
  1. pricecube says: Aug 30, 2011 11:52 AM

    Hi JT…

    “The Rams DUO were ONE of four people arrested in connection to a fight…”

    Unless I am mistaken weren’t they two of four? Or are they conjoined twins or something? Not trying to be a smart ass …. unfortunately it comes naturally. Actually just wanted to point that out… feel free to delete this comment.

    Take care.

  2. John Taylor says: Aug 30, 2011 12:01 PM

    Thanks for the heads up pricecube. Appreciate it.

  3. vegasrobert says: Aug 30, 2011 3:01 PM

    first, pricecube, quit being a smart ass.. jk!!! lol :) i thought the same when i was reading.. huh?

    anyway — they have been charged. why is coach still practicing them? thnkafully the dean of students is threatening to step in if the football program fails to act.

  4. whynotusecommonsense says: Aug 30, 2011 4:03 PM

    You have a party of 2,000 – 4,000 people and only 4 people were issued a citation? Two of those football players? Come on.

    To clarify, nobody was arrested. They were issued citations, never booked into jail.

    Besides, Skelton pushed a security guard in the pool (that’s 3rd degree assualt) and the security guard got out an punched him. That’s when Tiedgen put his arms around the security guard to hold him back (there’s your disorderly conduct).

    While it’s stupid to push a security guard into the pool, it’s hardly worth ruining a playing career over.

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