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Oregon TE suspended for bowl game for role in snowball fight

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A snowball fight that escalated into flaky warfare has cost Oregon a little bit of depth at wide receiver for its postseason game.

The Oregonian, citing two university sources, is reporting that tight end Pharaoh Brown has been suspended for the Ducks’ Alamo Bowl game against Texas.  The news of the suspension comes one day after head coach Mark Helfrich released a statement calling the actions of Brown and several other football players who were involved “unacceptable and dangerous.”

No other football players have been suspended for their roles, although the paper wrote that a “source left open the possibility that others could face discipline.”

Friday, Brown and the players, as well as other UO students, were involved in what started out as a snowball fight that turned into target practice on vehicles.  A video of the incident, which shows Brown, dressed in his letterman jacket, dousing what turned out to be a UO professor with a tub of snow as he exited his car, quickly went viral.  At around the 30-second mark of the video below, Brown dumps a tub of snow on the windshield of one vehicle, while the shot of Brown’s encounter with the professor appears around the 45-second mark.

The professor, who does not want charges pressed against any individual involved, met Sunday with Helfrich, who apologized for the actions of his players.  Helfrich also set up a meeting between the players involved and the professor, the Oregonian reported.

The university is still in the process of investigating the incident, and further punishment for Brown and others could be forthcoming.

In nine games this season, Brown has 10 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

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25 Responses to “Oregon TE suspended for bowl game for role in snowball fight”
  1. mydixienormus says: Dec 9, 2013 3:13 PM

    What’s this world coming to????

    Suspended for a snowball fight? How lame.

  2. seabronco says: Dec 9, 2013 3:13 PM

    Typical oregon ducks

  3. palecollegedude says: Dec 9, 2013 3:29 PM

    mydixienormus,

    While I can see your point of view, I’m simply approving this suspension just based off immaturity & disrespect. Makes you wonder what else they are up to when the camera isn’t recording.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Dec 9, 2013 3:38 PM

    If half the team is suspended they’ll still clean the Horns clock. Better being suspended for a snowball fight than what Case McCoy was for in last years Alamo Bowl.

  5. 1990tiger says: Dec 9, 2013 3:38 PM

    When I read the title of this article, I thought “are you kidding me??” but after watching the video, I think the coach was correct in suspending the player. If you watch the video, you see that things escalated above a simple snowball fight. Some people just don’t know when to stop. The professor kept his cool the entire time but the students just wouldn’t stop pummeling and harassing him.

  6. oldforester says: Dec 9, 2013 3:52 PM

    Ironic a snowball fight gets a player excluded from a bowl, but taking advantage of a drunk coed a day before his girlfriend comes to visit not only gets you into the natty but wins Heisman!

  7. eastcoastniner says: Dec 9, 2013 4:01 PM

    Oh yeah…just a snowball fight. They ran in front of cars and stopped traffic. Who knows what could have been next. Could they pull you out of the car? What if you had kids in the car, they’re probably scared to death with all these people rushing your car.

    If it was simply hitting a car with a few snowballs while the car is driving slowly, I would laugh it off. Stopping cars and then rushing them….whole different level.

    Though I do admit, that prof was stupid to get out of the car.

  8. mydixienormus says: Dec 9, 2013 4:14 PM

    Upon further review of the video, the duck football player deserved to get suspended.

    What is up with that other dude stopping the car?

    I wonder if they knew he was a professor at the school?

    Duck fans are unanimously thought of as scum bag/in your face fans by the Pac-12. This video should be exhibit 8736457282.

  9. imaduffer says: Dec 9, 2013 4:41 PM

    @mydix,

    Is that your telephone number?

    Lets give it a try.

  10. scoops1 says: Dec 9, 2013 4:53 PM

    Alamo should give his gift to someone who really needs it

  11. dallasstars9 says: Dec 9, 2013 4:57 PM

    Live in Oregon… Never liked the Ducks. They’re attitude on and off the field this year has been a shame. Give the players one f-in uniform, stop making it about money, and let’s see if this team can accomplish something.

  12. jcmeyer10 says: Dec 9, 2013 5:48 PM

    What does he care, it’s not like he’s even missing the Rose Bowl, which is a lesser Bowl game. Oh wait, they didn’t even make the Rose Bowl??!! Haha, they didn’t even make a BCS Bowl. Serves them right.

  13. socalfan says: Dec 9, 2013 5:56 PM

    Adults acting like it’s the first time they saw snow. They do have to learn that it’s not “fun” unless everyone involved wants to be involved.

    Kudos to OU’s football coach for stepping up. Now we’ll see if the school has the guts to discipline non-athletes involved in this mess.

  14. namriverrat69 says: Dec 9, 2013 6:51 PM

    The thing that bothers me is the total disrepect given the professor after he got out of his car. He continued to get pelted with snowballs as he tried to question them. The disappointing part to me is the black youth in the gray hoodie who told him to “shut up n…..”

  15. mediocrebob says: Dec 9, 2013 7:14 PM

    I like that the Winston incident is brought into this. There was an investigation. No charges. I’m not even a fsu fan, but people need to leave stuff alone if they’re going to ignore facts.

    This snowball incident is funny until they crossed the line. Some people don’t know where that line is.

  16. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 9, 2013 7:18 PM

    The disappointing part to me is the black youth in the gray hoodie who told him to “shut up n…..”

    I take it you’re not a young adult but you shouldn’t be surprised. Saying “n…..” is part of normal conversation now. I can’t back it up with facts, but I think the “rap game” started the trend.

  17. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:34 PM

    Clearly this was recommended by Urban Meyer…or he should find out about it. Yes the guy deserved some punishment.

    I actually think it was cool the prof got out. They were blocking cars and they kind of lost their nerve a little when he confronted them.

  18. CBFAN says: Dec 9, 2013 10:02 PM

    The lack of respect shown for others by these students is disturbing

  19. zerohandicapper says: Dec 9, 2013 10:23 PM

    I did’nt think they liked snow? Or was it water?

  20. namriverrat69 says: Dec 10, 2013 12:52 AM

    detectivejimmymcnulty says:
    I take it you’re not a young adult but you shouldn’t be surprised. Saying “n…..” is part of normal conversation now. I can’t back it up with facts, but I think the “rap game” started the trend.

    *********************************************

    If you had read my name “namriverrat69″ you should have perceived that I am an older person. Your response was so shallow in your attempt to make me look old and foolish. It wasn’t even a good try.

    The lack of respect calling a white professor that name was seemed totally off base since that word is thrown around like candy in mainstream black colloquialism. It is not normaly not used as a word thrown at white people. Words that are used in a derogatory sense at white people are cracker, peckerhead, whitey, honky or a wigger or wegro. You will have to look up those last to which are in response to your reference to the hip hop effect.

    In response to age I will give you consideration for what appears to be a statement from a young person with little life experience and based on your ideologies. I lost all my idealism when I went to Vietnam. It immediately began the first day of a 2 1/2 year lesson in the realities of life and death. Idealism is just a word. The world is a tough place. I had the opportunity to see many poor countries around the world. Our poorest live in better conditions than so many people in 3rd world countries and some that aren’t.

    The n-word is so derogatory I am perplexed that the black community continues to use it so flippantly. It is an insult to their ancestors and all they suffered, survived and fought for generation after generation to achieve civil rights in 1965. I grew up in that period of our country’s history. Air raid drills, duck and cover under our school desks was routine in our lives as the threat of nuclear war was ever present.

    Enjoy your peaceful life provided by every veteran who ever served to protect your freedoms, regardless of how right or wrong the war was. No one knows more of how wrong a political war like Vietnam was than the veterans who served there. Every veteran sees the corruption in the military and political life of war.

    I may be old but with age usually comes wisdom and perspective..

  21. jhop86 says: Dec 10, 2013 1:59 AM

    Oh yeah…just a snowball fight. They ran in front of cars and stopped traffic. Who knows what could have been next. Could they pull you out of the car? What if you had kids in the car, they’re probably scared to death with all these people rushing your car.

    If it was simply hitting a car with a few snowballs while the car is driving slowly, I would laugh it off. Stopping cars and then rushing them….whole different level.

    Though I do admit, that prof was stupid to get out of the car.
    _________________________________ but they did not they probably knew it was a professor and was a prank a lot of what if in your statement what if the children would have attempted to run out the car and it was a friendly snowball fight what if a person was headed to the hospital because a person was injured and was stopped…. Please state facts not friction

  22. crazyfootballfun says: Dec 10, 2013 2:00 AM

    A couple of knuckleheads went over the top. This was not the whole team, but I give points to Helfrich for letting the kids know they are representing Oregon and need to knock it off. This sends a strong message. I have seen many articles about other teams whose players do far worse and they get a slap on their hands, if that. Good for Coach for setting some standards. But folks, have some perspective here on what the ” crime” actually was. No need to get carried away.

  23. longborer69 says: Dec 10, 2013 7:04 AM

    “Duck fans are unanimously thought of as scum bag/in your face fans by the Pac-12.”

    Guess what. Most Duck fans support the suspension. But keep your biases, they make you cute, especially when you try to speak for the entire Pac-12.

    College kids having fun, got out of control (happens on every campus), and as a result some of them are in trouble. It wasn’t just the football player who was disrespectful, but he’s going to take the most heat because he’s in a public role. That’s appropriate. If you want a public role, you have to take the responsibility that comes with it.

    Helfrich has shown before (Lyerla) that he’s not going to let the inmates run the asylum. Tests every first year coach faces, really. Seems to me so far, from what is publicly known, he’s handling it pretty well. Brown will be unhappy to miss the bowl, but I doubt he pulls the same kind of move again, and he’ll be a better man for it in the long run.

    When you are part of something fun that gets out of hand, walk away quickly, don’t be at the front of it. That’s true of everyone, not just those who are in some kind of public role.

  24. mediocrebob says: Dec 10, 2013 7:27 AM

    You think if it were Mariotta that he’s sitting? No way

  25. spoiledbratswhosuck says: Dec 10, 2013 8:39 AM

    Touching the professors car………….throwing a tub of snow on the windshield…………………..hitting the professor in the face over and over after he got out are all good enough reasons for the driver to have retaliated.

    The black with the hoodie blocking the car must have been the football jock. Lucky he did not get run over. In another neighborhood he would have had a wheel run over his face.

    What they did went beyond the run of the mill snowball fight.

    Mob mentality is alive and well at Oregon

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