- Jacob Freeman is seen getting into a mid-game argument with Florida A&M fans
- When a security guard attempts to intervene, Freeman slaps him across the face
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An Alabama State football player was arrested for slapping a security guard at Saturday’s game against Florida A&M and is now suspended from the team indefinitely after video of the incident went viral.
That player, identified as Jacob Freeman, is initially seen in the footage getting into an argument with opposing fans in Tallahassee. But when a security guard approached Freeman in an apparent attempt to diffuse the situation, the junior wide receiver refused to back down.
The security guard appeared to shove Freeman away from angry Florida A&M fans to no avail, which is when the Alabama State player shockingly slapped him across the face.
Alabama State staff rushed in to pull Freeman away from the scene while several players attempted to join the fracas before being turned away. Meanwhile, the security guard continued pointing at Freeman in an attempt to identify his assailant to others, all while holding his smarting mouth and jaw.
FAMU Police arrested Freeman on Sunday and charged him with one count of ‘battery causing bodily harm’ before releasing him, according to TMZ.
Police arrested Freeman and charged him with one count of ‘battery causing bodily harm’
Freeman is seen addressing Florida A&M fans while the security guard tries to intervene
Alabama State University Athletic Director Dr. Jason Cable has since announced the player’s indefinite suspension, albeit without identifying Freeman by name.
‘We are aware of the incident that occurred last night following our game against Florida A&M University in Tallahassee involving an Alabama State University football student-athlete,’ read the statement provided to AL.com.
‘We do not condone the actions of the student-athlete, nor are the actions representative of the expectations set forth by the Athletic Department and our University. There is zero tolerance for this type of behavior. The student-athlete has been suspended indefinitely from the football program, effective immediately.’
Alabama State head football coach Eddie Robinson Jr. has since addressed the incident during his weekly SWAC media conference call.
The security guard continues to hold his mouth while pointing at Freeman
‘The incident that the kid had was unfortunate, and he was 100 percent to blame,’ said Robinson Jr., who is not related to the late Grambling coach.
‘We can’t have that. It is a bad representation of himself, Alabama State, and the SWAC conference. He understands that incidents like that are a mistake, but you still have to suffer the consequences. That’s how life goes. He understands that, and he’s remorseful, but at the same time, he has to go through the process of his actions.’
Freeman previously played at Georgia State but transferred to ASU prior to this season.
Alabama State ultimately lost 23-10 to fall to 1-2 on the season.