WEST VIRGINIA: Alleged Gay-Bashing College Football Star Booted From Team
Hours after his arrest for allegedly beating two gay men who kissed in the street, Marshall running back Steward Butler has been dismissed from the program. Butler turned himself to police Wednesday morning in connection with the April 5 incident and school athletic director Mike Hamrick and head coach Doc Holliday announced his dismissal just before 3:30 p.m. Earlier in the afternoon, the school announced Butler’s indefinite suspension. However, after learning of “additional information regarding his charges,” Hamrick and Holliday took things a step further and dismissed Butler. Butler, who is facing two misdemeanor battery charges, is accused of beating two men after they kissed at 5th Avenue and 9th Street in Huntington. According to The Herald-Dispatch, Butler “witnessed the kiss, exited a passing vehicle and proceeded to shout derogatory words toward both men related to their sexual orientation.” Butler then allegedly hit both victims in the face with a closed fist.Reaction on the above coach's Twitter feed has been mostly positive.