University of Alabama freshman defensive end Rashan Gary was arrested early Friday morning on charges of fourth-degree assault, fleeing a police officer and disorderly conduct, and was suspended from the Tide's season-opening game against Florida State and subsequent games after being accused of "almost body-slamming" a cop.
In a video of the incident (which you can watch below), which happened in Alabama, Gary is driving through the campus of USA/Mississippi Community College when a deputy sheriff cruises up to his car to tell him to stop. "What are you trying to do, you silly ----?" Gary is heard saying. The officer then asks him to leave the campus, but Gary leaves as the police car drives past him.
After the officer had walked away, Gary "scratched and kicked" his way back to the police car and again tried to get inside, according to the Clanton County Sheriff's Department.
"The defendant continued to flee from the deputy police and almost body-slammed the officer," the sheriff's department wrote in a statement.
The 23-year-old Gary was booked in a Chilton County jail early Friday morning, the Alabama Crimson Tide's official Twitter account said. A felony assault charge against Gary was withdrawn by the court, and he was released from custody after posting $1,200 bond.
USA/Mississippi Community College's website reports that Gary is "a 6-foot-5, 278-pound (sophomore) defensive end out of Rufus King High School in Mobile." The National Football Foundation recognized him as the Defensive MVP of the 2015 Alabama High School Coaches Association state championship game.
USA's athletic director, Ed Purcell, said the school is "dismayed" by the incident, but continued to expect a student-athlete to "humble himself" in such situations. USA is "notified of these incidents each year and is more than willing to hold student-athletes accountable when appropriate," Purcell said in a statement.
"USA does not condone such behavior. We believe it is important for our athletic staff to communicate with our student-athletes. We also appreciate that they are held accountable by student-athletes if wrongdoing occurs."
USA's team starts the 2019 season on Sept. 14 against Grambling State in Oxford, Mississippi.
Last month, Gary signed a financial aid agreement with the Crimson Tide in exchange for foregoing his last year of eligibility and turning pro in 2020. He said at the time that he would enter the NFL draft after his junior season at Alabama.