A member of the Marshall football program is the latest FBS football player to find himself running into some post-spring legal issues off the field, although this one’s a bit different as it could possibly have federal implications.
According to multiple media outlets, Steward Butler has been charged with two counts of battery after he was accused of beating a homosexual couple early last month. Butler had been wanted by police for questioning pertaining to April 5 incident, and turned himself in Wednesday morning.
As for the particulars that led to the pair of misdemeanor charges, the Huntington Herald-Dispatch has the following account:
The charges stem from the April 5 beating of two men, moments after they kissed at 5th Avenue and 9th Street in Huntington. Criminal complaints charge Butler witnessed the kiss, exited a passing vehicle and proceeded to shout derogatory words toward both men related to their sexual orientation.
Butler then struck the face of both victims with a closed fist, the complaints charge.
The alleged attack was caught on video by one of the alleged victims. The Herald-Dispatch also writes that the Huntington Police Department “has turned over evidence to the FBI for its review of any civil rights violations.”
“We are aware of the situation involving Marshall running back Steward Butler and are currently in the process of gathering all available information,” a statement attributed to Marshall athletics began. “We will handle the matter internally and appropriately.”
Butler’s 798 yards rushing and seven rushing touchdowns were second on the Herd last season. He was also second on the Herd in those categories in 2013 (765, eight) and second in yards in 2012 (500).
All told, Butler has scored 18 ruishing touchdowns the past three seasons.