Middle Tennessee defensive lineman Justin Akins and linebacker Shalom Alvarez have been suspended by the football program as they are being investigated for alleged animal cruelty.
The alleged cruelty was seen in a Snapchat video. In it, Alvarez was allegedly seen hitting a puppy four times. The Snapchat account belonged to Akins and was reported to police by somebody who had seen the video on the social network.
According to the Associated Press, Middle Tennessee athletic director Chris Massaro said the images seen in the video were disturbing. Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stockstill suspended the players for the duration of the investigation, which is a standard protocol. The two players will reportedly have to perform community service for local animal welfare groups.
Akins played in 13 games last season for the Blue Raiders, recording 27 tackles.