Monday, April 23, 2007

More on McLean

New Haven’s Brandon McLean, a junior wide receiver for the University of Connecticut football team, received a three-game suspension from coach Randy Edsall following an arrest on campus last week.

A university press release sent out Monday afternoon announced McLean was suspended for conduct unbecoming of a football player. He is not allowed to participate in any team activities through May 29 pending further information gathering.

He will be able to rejoin team functions after that date, but will not be allowed to play in the first three games of the upcoming season -- at Duke on Sept. 1 and home with Maine on Sept. 8 and Temple on Sept. 22.

The university had no further comments on the matter.

According to police reports, McLean was arrested Wednesday night at 8:25 after campus police responded to a domestic dispute at Hilltop Suites. After a brief investigation, officers learned McLean was asked to leave a dorm room and refused.

He also threatened a guest of a resident and was engaged in loud and tumultuous behavior, the police report said.

McLean was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released on a $1,500 bond. He was charged with threatening, first degree criminal trespass and second degree breach of peace. All three charges are misdemeanors.

McLean could not be reached Monday.

Reached at home, McLean’s father, Lionel Nixon, said his son has a court date on May 16.

“All I can say is there’s an ongoing investigation, and Brandon will be innocent,” Nixon said.

McLean, a second-team Register All-State selection at Hyde in 2003, is a three-year letter winner who appeared in every UConn game in his career until breaking his ankle in October and missing the rest of last season. He has 32 career receptions for 353 yards and two touchdowns.


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