Steward Butler charged in alleged beating of gay couple

Marshall Thundering Herd running back Steward Butler has a legal issue, after being charged with two counts of battery relating to an alleged beating of a gay couple.

According to the Huntington Herald-DispatchButler is alleged to have struck the couple after they showed a public display of affection.

The report reads:

The charges stem from the April 5 beating of two men, moments after they kissed at 5th Avenue and 9th Street in Huntington. Criminal complaints charge Butler witnessed the kiss, exited a passing vehicle and proceeded to shout derogatory words toward both men related to their sexual orientation.

Butler then struck the face of both victims with a closed fist, the complaints charge.

Marshall is aware of the charges and has issued a brief statement on the situation.

“We are aware of the situation involving Marshall running back Steward Butler and are currently in the process of gathering all available information,” a statement attributed to Marshall athletics began. “We will handle the matter internally and appropriately.”

Last season, Butler rushed for 798 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.

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