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Two ex-BYU players charged in incident that led to departures

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Indefinitely suspended by BYU last week, reportedly for an off-field incident, a pair of former BYU football players have been charged in that incident.

According to multiple media outlets, Joe Sampson (pictured) and Zac Stout were among four individuals charged Thursday with misdemeanor assault.  The charges stem from a brawl Halloween night at a Provo restaurant.

The Provo Daily Herald writes that “the charges were filed against the individuals felt to be the instigators of the altercation,” which occurred at around 3 a.m. local time.

Surveillance video of the fight, seen below, surfaced over the weekend:

After their suspensions, both players not only left the football program but the school as well.  Head coach Bronco Mendenhall has not completely closed the door on a return next season for one or both of the players.

“[I] am anxious to now to help the young men grow and progress, but also for them to have restitution for what they have done, and learn from it,” the Cougars coach said.

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4 Responses to “Two ex-BYU players charged in incident that led to departures”
  1. mydixienormus says: Nov 16, 2012 9:19 AM

    A black mormon? There’s something you don’t see…. ever.

    Are pink shorts in fashion in Utah?

    Which one was the other BYU guy? Got to be the gray sweatshirt dude. Got a nice punch in there at the end.

  2. barbeaux says: Nov 16, 2012 10:10 AM

    I’ve seen a brawl or two in my day. That was no brawl.

  3. friarjack61 says: Nov 16, 2012 10:35 AM

    They are not attending BYU for an education, only to use them to be showcased for a pro career.
    They are jocks, not students, so forget them, and let them wallow with their machoism on the street corners.

  4. pike573 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:29 PM

    Nice side control

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