WEST VIRGINIA: College Football Star Charged With Assault On Gay Couple
Marshall running back Steward Butler was arrested early Wednesday on battery charges that he beat a same-sex couple. According to the Huntington Police department, the incident occurred on April 5th in downtown Huntington, when the two male victims exchanged a kiss on the street. Butler was a passenger in a vehicle that was driving by and stopped. He exited the car and began shouting derogatory comments about their sexual orientation. Butler then hit both victims with a closed fist. He was arrested, charged with 2 counts of battery and has been released on a $10,000 bond. "The FBI is conducting a hate crime investigation related to the incident," said Huntington (W.V.) chief of police Joe Ciccarelli.Marshall University officials say they are investigating the incident and will "handle the matter internally and appropriately." Butler was the nation's third-leading college rusher in the last season.