Two Middle Tennessee State Football Players Suspended For Animal Cruelty

Two members of the Middle Tennessee State football team have been suspended amid an investigation into animal cruelty.

According to reports, a Snapchat video is being investigated which shows Blue Raiders defensive end Justin Akins and linebacker Shalom Alvarez striking a dog.

As part of their punishment, the players will be serving community service at a local pet adoption center.

“The actions captured on this video are obviously disturbing,” MTSU athletics director Chris Massaro said in a statement, via the Daily News Journal. “We welcome the inquiry by the Rutherford County Pet Adoption and Welfare Services.

“We have high expectations of conduct of our student-athletes. Coach (Rick) Stockstill has suspended these players until the inquiry is complete and they will perform community service to the benefit of local animal welfare efforts.”

Alvarez was the player allegedly striking the dog multiple times, while Akins uploaded the video.

There is no word on the length of the suspensions.

The disturbing video can be seen here.

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