MTSU Football Players Suspended After Posting Video Of Themselves Abusing A Puppy On Snapchat (VIDEO)
Middle Tennessee has suspended two players on the squad indefinitely while they are being investigated by Murfreesboro Police for animal cruelty. The suspended players are linebacker Shalom Alvarez and defensive lineman Justin Atkins.
Akins apparently uploaded the video of teammate Alvarez abusing a puppy on Snapchat with the caption “[Expletive] said you don’t pay rent [emoji].”
MTSU head coach Rick Stockstill didn’t make matters any better when he released a bizarre statement about the incident:
“I am aware of the situation and have talked to the players involved. The players explained to me that the puppy urinated inside and they were simply spanking it as a form of discipline. They told me there was never any intent to harm the dog. This was an important teaching moment. I talked to them about other approaches that should have been considered in this situation. And I pointed out how disciplining a pet in such a manner could be misconstrued, especially with the impact of social media.”