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NIU ‘parts ways’ with LB wounded in stabbing this year, shooting last

Devon Butler

Well, that certainly didn’t take long.

Early Saturday morning, Northern Illinois’ Devon Butler was involved in a physical altercation that ultimately ended with the linebacker being stabbed in the chest.  That incident came a little over a year after Butler was critically wounded in a shooting.

Now, the junior finds himself on the outside of the football program looking in.

In a statement, NIU head coach Dave Doeren announced that Butler has been dismissed from the Huskies.  No specific reason for the dismissal was given, although it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure it out.

“Devon has not lived up to the standards we set for members of the Northern Illinois football team,” Doeren said. “At this time, we feel it is in the best interest of both Devon and of our football program for him to make a fresh start at another institution.”

Butler missed the entire 2011 season as he continued his recovery from the April shooting.  In 2010, Butler finished second on the team in tackles, and his performance earned him third-team All-MAC honors.

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11 Responses to “NIU ‘parts ways’ with LB wounded in stabbing this year, shooting last”
  1. xcerebus1 says: Jul 26, 2012 6:58 AM

    ‘rocket surgeon’?

  2. friarjack61 says: Jul 26, 2012 8:30 AM

    Dismissed from the team: that means he doesn’t have to attend classes. He’ll be on the street corner August 1, and can now be a full time gang member.
    He might find another bullet heading his way…soon.

  3. polegojim says: Jul 26, 2012 8:34 AM

    Will that be enough to straighten him out and sober him up?

    Probably not – you’d think getting shot would have done that.

  4. imforbigblue says: Jul 26, 2012 8:45 AM

    Back to thuggin and selling drugs. See you on the next 48 as the next unsolved murder SMH

  5. mydixienormus says: Jul 26, 2012 8:53 AM

    You really don’t get sarcasm, do you? You must have attended a SEC school…

  6. kozbee says: Jul 26, 2012 10:38 AM

    Body bags,one size fits all.

  7. fetchezlavache says: Jul 26, 2012 10:39 AM


    I think xcerebus gets the sarcasm. The point was the author mixed metaphors. You can sarcastically refer to someone as a “rocket scientist” or a “brain surgeon”, but what the hell is a “rocket surgeon”? To top it off you finished by insulting his intelligence. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

  8. mydixienormus says: Jul 26, 2012 10:41 AM

    He mixed metaphors on purpose. Lots of dull bulbs today.

    John is a smart guy. You? Not so much.

  9. mydixienormus says: Jul 26, 2012 10:42 AM

    kozbee: Here you go.

  10. fetchezlavache says: Jul 26, 2012 1:06 PM

    Yeah, Dixie, he mixed metaphors because you said so. That makes sense. Because you know everything. Or it might just be possible for a smart person to mistakenly mix metaphors. But someone asks a question, and you have to pronounce yourself the smartest bulb here because you can read the author’s mind.

  11. granadafan says: Jul 26, 2012 3:50 PM

    You can take a thug out of the ‘hood…

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