Friday, November 14, 2008


Maryland linebacker Rick Costa was arrested early Saturday in College Park and charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault.

Coach Ralph Friedgen announced Tuesday that Costa is suspended indefinitely from all team activities, including practice and games.

"Once the issue has been resolved, Rick's status with the team will be re-evaluated," Friedgen said.

The story goes like this: There was a fight at the Cornerstone Grill and Loft at about 2:25 a.m. Saturday. Two bouncers informed the a police officer that Costa and two other men were attempting to enter the bar after being told it was closed.

After being asked to leave, the 22-year-old Costa "became combative, striking [the bouncers] in the face. When the police officer arrived he identified himself and noted that Costa was "intoxicated and disorderly." Costa then "became belligerent and punched the [officer] in the right side of his eye, causing a severe face injury." The officer defended himself with Mace, and other officers soon arrived to arrest Costa.

Costa's arrest is the first major fracas involving Maryland's football program in more than three years.
Boys will be boys...
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