Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Alcohol in the news: Football's Hugh Thornton arrested after fight at Joe's Brewery

From the Daily Illini

Football's Hugh Thornton arrested after fight at Joe's Brewery

Illini football player Hugh Thornton was arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday at Joe’s Brewery in Champaign, according to an e-mail from State’s Attorney Julia Rietz.

Police responded to a call describing a fight in progress, which Thornton was involved in. At the time of the fight, the 19-year-old sophomore from Oberlin, Ohio, was found carrying an ID card belonging to another individual. He admitted using the ID to get into the bar.

Upon his arrest, Thornton had already been sentenced to 12 months of court supervision after an incident on Sept. 20, 2009, in which University police were called by Thornton’s resident adviser due to a confrontation between Thornton, who had been drinking, and the adviser.


Illini football head coach Ron Zook has yet to announce Thornton’s status with the team.

“I can’t describe (Thornton’s status) because I don’t know all the details yet,” Zook said. “I’m still collecting information, and when I get all the information, then I’ll have a decision.

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