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.