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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Pitt sixth-year senior linebacker Adam Gunn has been suspended from the football program following an arrest after an altercation with police officers Sunday outside a Station Square nightclub.

Gunn, 22, faces misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and failure to disperse, as well as summary offenses of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for today.

"On Monday morning, I met with Adam to discuss his involvement in a weekend incident that occurred off campus," Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said in a statement. "At the conclusion of our discussion, I told Adam he would be suspended from our team pending the resolution of this matter."

Arrested along with Gunn were two former Pitt football players: Austin Ransom, who started at weak-side linebacker last fall; and Kashif Henderson, a former walk-on from Woodland Hills High School. Ransom faces a felony aggravated assault charge, misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and failure to disperse and summary offense charges of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

He posted $500 of his $5,000 bail.

According to a police affidavit:

Gunn and a group of other men were attempting to cut the line at Club Zen late Saturday night. Police officers escorted the group away from the line and threatened to arrest them if they came back.

Gunn then circled around and got in front of one of the officers. When the officer tried to arrest him, Gunn "pulled away and spun around swinging" before he took off running through the Station Square parking lot. Police caught him when he tripped on a chain in the parking lot.

As one officer was trying to handcuff Gunn, Ransom ran up and swung at the officer. Ransom then fought with two other officers before they arrested him.

While that was occurring, one of the other men in the group - Anthony Coleman - challenged one of the officers to a fight. He also resisted arrest and broke one of the officer's badges off of his shirt. Coleman was Tasered and arrested.

Police said all four of the men were drunk.

Gunn graduated in April 2008 with a degree in communications and rhetoric and is working toward a master's degree at Pitt's graduate school of public and international affairs.

He suffered a broken neck in the 2008 season opener against Bowling Green that later required surgery to fuse two vertebrae together. He was awarded a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and was moved from strong side to middle linebacker during spring drills.

"This incident is both surprising and disappointing," Wannstedt's statement said. "Adam has always been a strong representative of our program, and his involvement in this type of situation is very out of character. However, he knows and respects the fact that every member of our team must be accountable for their actions."

Gunn is the latest Pitt player to get into trouble with the law.

Senior receiver T.J. Porter was dismissed from the team last month after a February arrest for driving under the influence, his second DUI. Sophomore receiver Jonathan Baldwin faces a May 27 preliminary hearing for a misdemeanor indecent assault charge, as well as a pair of summary offenses, for an incident involving a female student on a shuttle bus last month.

Staff writer Bobby Kerlik contributed to this story.

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