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Miss. St. receiver arrested following early-morning incident

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One day after Mississippi State closed out the 2011 season with a bowl win, the Bulldogs now have to deal with a bit of a legal issue involving a player who was allegedly celebrating the victory a wee bit too much.

According to the Starkville Daily News, MSU wide receiver Chad Bumphis was arrested Sunday and charged with public drunk and disorderly conduct.  The incident that led to the arrest occurred inside a Tupelo bar very early this morning.

From the NE Miss. Daily Journal:

Sgt. Rodricus Hurst said Bumphis, a former Tupelo High School standout, was involved in a “big group fight” at the Atlanta Bar & Grill in downtown Tupelo, and several other people were arrested. Hurst said Bumphis got hit in the neck by a glass bottle and suffered a cut, but that he did not injure anybody.

Bumphis’ mother, Dorothy Bumphis, told the Journal that Chad was on stage at the bar taking pictures with people, and the bar’s owner asked some other people to clear the stage for Bumphis.

“He was standing there, and next thing he knew he had been hit in the mouth with a champagne bottle,” Dorothy said. “Chad didn’t hit anybody or anything. They took him outside, and then they took him to jail to calm him down. They said he was drunk; he was not drunk. Chad’s not a drinker. I’m not going to tell you he didn’t drink anything.”

The school released a statement on the incident Sunday afternoon.

“We will handle this the way we would any other incident, especially a situation where there are differing accounts,” head coach Dan Mullen said. “The team is expected back next Sunday, classes begin Monday, and we will continue to assess the situation.”

Bumphis, a junior, was second on the team in receiving yards (393) and third in receptions (25) this season.

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9 Responses to “Miss. St. receiver arrested following early-morning incident”
  1. bangitfootball says: Jan 1, 2012 4:17 PM

    Oh my gosh!!! A college student getting in a bar fight !!! And he was drinking too!!!!
    Well I never heard of such things!!!

  2. zurnvs says: Jan 1, 2012 4:24 PM

    Hey mom, u say he is not a drinker, but he drinking. He sounds like most college kids I know that can’t handle a “few” drinks. He didn’t just get arrested so the popo could calm him down. He got arrested because he wouldn’t follow simple direction such as, shut your mouth when grown people are talking.

  3. jmb795 says: Jan 1, 2012 4:25 PM

    Before we had a legal system, momma’s were the first defense attorneys. They continue in that role just to make sure everyone has it right. Bless ’em.

  4. northernpatriots says: Jan 1, 2012 4:27 PM

    NorthernPatriots family would like to congratulate this tremendous student athlete on his achievement.

    We are SEC!

  5. jc327 says: Jan 1, 2012 6:39 PM

    My wife broke the story on Twitter last night… my band was playing at a bar across the street from the Atlanta Bar… she’s a writer for the Starkville Daily.

  6. jc327 says: Jan 1, 2012 8:26 PM

    This is a full list of what was tweeted by Bumphis last night immediately following his release from the Lee Co. Sheriff’s Department:

  7. bertenheim says: Jan 1, 2012 9:37 PM

    The issue is not that a college student was drinking. It is that he was at a bad situation after midnight.
    Just stupid.

  8. woebegong says: Jan 2, 2012 10:56 AM

    Like so many college athletes, he has to know how to avoid certain situations and stay clear of trouble, looking for a place to happen. All college students need to know how to handle being a celebrity, because you most likely will find a drunk fan or detractor that thinks he is allowed to be a butt hole. Not sure what the situation was, but most likely it involved the player trying to avoid a drunk, who thought his opinion and hie rantings, were being ignored. An athlete in the community has to have tough skin, and steer clear, of the idiots calling themselves fans.

  9. deltamyhome says: Jan 2, 2012 11:04 AM

    Reminds me of a Country song…

    Don’t tell mama I’ve been drinkin’

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