Thursday, May 28, 2009


Florida State has suspended wide receiver Richard Goodman (who did not play last year due to a leg injury) after he was arrested last night and charged with aggravated battery, a second-degree felony, for his involvement in an on-campus fight last November.

Under Florida State Athletics Department policy, “a student-athlete charged with a felony, absent extraordinary circumstances as determined by the administration, is not permitted to represent Florida State Athletics in game competition until such time as the charge is resolved and all court, university and athletics department conditions for reinstatement have been met.”

So if Goodman was a victim of extraordinary circumstances as determined by the administration - lawyer talk for “really, really, really good” - he could play. But, he’s not, so he’s suspended until some judge that is an FSU alum throws his case out or gives him probation and a stint at washing the cars of booster club members.

Here’s part of the statement from Florida State:

Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden today announced the suspension of senior wide receiver Richard Goodman following his arrest in connection with a fight that took place last fall at the university’s Oglesby Union.

“We’re suspending Richard Goodman, indefinitely, beginning today until the matter has been resolved,” Bowden said.

Goodman, 22, turned himself in to the Leon County Jail on Tuesday, May 26, on a warrant for his arrest obtained by Florida State University police. He was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon causing great bodily harm, a second-degree felony. Goodman later posted bond and was released.

Goodman is accused of throwing a chair that struck a female bystander in the face during a fight that broke out between Florida State football players and members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity on Nov. 12, 2008. The woman struck with the chair suffered extensive injuries.

“With all of the information about this case, we knew it was extremely important to be thorough — and we have been,” said Maj. Jim Russell of the Florida State University Police Department. “This arrest concludes our investigation.”

Goodman is the third football player to be charged in the fight. Two others were charged with one count each of misdemeanor battery in November 2008.

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