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Cal suspends player for altercation with teammate

  • California head coach Sonny Dykes watches from the sideline during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arizona in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

BERKELEY — California has suspended an unidentified football player for instigating a locker room altercation that sent freshman running back Fabiano Hale to the hospital.

Coach Sonny Dykes announced Friday that after an internal examination of the incident on Nov. 1, the player will be suspended indefinitely from all team activities, will attend counseling and must perform 25 hours of community service to be considered for reinstatement.

"There is no excuse for what occurred," Dykes said in a statement. "We are building a culture of accountability and trust within our football program. Our players understand those expectations and know that they should hold themselves to high standards at all times, whether that's on or off the field or in the classroom. Any violation of that code of conduct will always be taken very seriously."

Hale, a walk-on from Santa Cruz, told the Santa Cruz Sentinel he suffered a concussion and had stitches around one of his ears. Hale has not played this season.

The decision is independent of an ongoing campus police investigation and any campus student conduct measures that may be taken.


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