Over the weekend, two members of the Western Michigan football team — linebacker Ron George and wide receiver Bryson White — were accused of allegedly holding up a female student in her off-campus resident with a knife and semi-automatic pistol.
The two players fled with money and a stereo, but were arrested shortly after.
“He had the gun to the back of my head and he slammed the back of my head with the gun,” the victim explained, via WWMT-TV. “I’m so scared. I couldn’t sleep last night. I haven’t ate anything since. I’m so scared. I don’t want to live here anymore.”
It was not immediately clear which player was holding which weapon. Both men were freshman members of the team.
On Sunday, Western Michigan announced that White and George have been dismissed.
“This has been a difficult time for our University, community and football family,” head coach P.J. Fleck said in a statement from the university. “With this action we are moving forward and we are focusing our attention on Northwestern.”
It is an unwanted distraction this close to the start of the season, but kudos to Fleck and the program on acting swiftly and removing the players involved.
Western Michigan needs to quickly regroup and take the field Saturday, Sept. 3 against Northwestern.