OXFORD, Miss. — Two Ole Miss football players were arrested early Thursday morning in Oxford outside a music venue called Lyric.
Damore’ea Stringfellow and Trae (Demontrae) Elston are charged with disorderly conduct.
An additional charge of resisting arrest was applied to Elston.
Police reports said there was a large disturbance outside of Lyric after midnight. The bar’s manager said there was some kind of back-to-school event that was ending.
A police report said an officer was trying to break up a fight when Stringfellow fled on foot. An officer took him down a short ways away, but said Stringfellow refused to follow orders.
The report checked a box, indicating the incident might have been alcohol-related.
Another police report said an officer saw Elston hit another man. When an officer stepped in, Elston reportedly took off.
Coach Hugh Freeze released the following statement: “We are gathering facts on the matter.”
The Athletic Department said this is the first legal incident involving current football players this school year.
Stringfellow is a wide receiver and Elston is a safety.
The Clarion-Ledger reports Stringfellow was suspended during an assault investigation during his time playing at Washington. He is a transfer to Ole Miss.
Both men bonded out of jail.
WREG also spoke with three young men who said there were other Ole Miss players at Lyric causing trouble too. The men, who didn’t want to be identified, claim several football players stomped on them on their way out of the bar.
They said they spoke with a girl who is allegedly dating one of the football players. They believe that might be why the men came at them.
“We were just on the ground getting stomped on. Wasn’t nobody helping us or nothing,” one of them said.
The three men said they went to the hospital to have x-rays done.
A relative of the men said she doesn’t want to see the football players get away with acting violently just because they wear a jersey.
“I’m looking for justice because all of these boys are my family. Ole Miss football players need to be responsible for what they did,” Velisha Adams said.
Police confirmed they are investigating this incident as well.