Football: Northwestern linebacker Brett Walsh ​suspended after Ohio arrest

Rohan Nadkarni and Tyler Pager


A Northwestern football player has been suspended from the team after being arrested in connection with underage intoxication early Sunday morning, according to the Hamilton County Justice Center​.​

Redshirt freshman linebacker Brett Walsh was stopped with a Cincinnati Bearcats football player during a breaking and entering investigation and displayed behavior “consistent with being intoxicated,” according Hamilton County Municipal Court documents obtained by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Both Walsh, 19, and Marcus Tappan, 19, were charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated, possession of a fake ID and underage consumption, a Hamilton County Justice Center officer said.

Coach Pat Fitzgerald released a statement Sunday afternoon.

“We’re disappointed to learn of the events that were reported to have taken place this weekend involving Brett Walsh, “ he said in the statement. “He has been suspended immediately. We hold all of our student-athletes to a high standard that was apparently not met in this instance.”

Walsh, a California resident, and Tappan were released from Hamilton County Justice Center on Sunday afternoon. Walsh was released after posting $650, which was 10 percent of his $6,500 bond. Tappan’s bond was set at $2,500 and he posted $250. Walsh’s bond was higher because Tappan has an in-state address, an intake officer at the Hamilton County Justice Center said.

Walsh will be arraigned in Hamilton County court on Monday at 12:30 p.m. The Wildcats did not have a game this weekend and will face Iowa on Saturday.

This story was updated Oct. 26 at 5:23 p.m.

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