Do you agree with UO's decision to suspend Pharaoh Brown for his part in the snowball fight?
EUGENE, Ore. – University of Oregon starting tight end Pharaoh Brown was suspended for the upcoming Alamo Bowl game, due to a snowball fight on campus last week, the athletic department tweeted on Monday.
The snowball fight broke out on the University of Oregon campus Friday afternoon and part of it was shared on YouTube. Witnesses said members of the football team and other students whipped snowballs at cars near the Erb Memorial Union.
The video shows one driver getting out of his car to confront a student and then getting pelted with snowballs.
University police and the Dean of Students said they watched the video in order to identify students involved when the melee turned dangerous. They believe UO starter Pharaoh Brown was among those involved and he was suspended Monday. Others may face disciplinary action as well.
Brown apologized Monday afternoon.
“I was one of the many UO students involved in the snowball fight on Friday and my actions escalated to an inappropriate level and for that, I sincerely apologize," Brown said. "We never should have engaged innocent people and I deeply regret my actions and will accept the consequences.”
A second-year tight end from Lyndhurst, Ohio, Brown has started five of the nine games he's played in this season and has 10 receptions for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
“The University of Oregon takes the conduct of its students seriously. Consequences are clear for those whose actions reflect poorly upon the university or violate its standards for student behavior,” Dean of Students Paul Shang said in a statement on the University’s website. “However, until the facts of the snowball-throwing incident are sorted out, it would be premature to speculate about any potential outcomes in this case.”
Football coach Mark Helfrich added that all players involved would be disciplined. "The behavior exhibited in the video is completely unacceptable and dangerous. We take this matter very seriously and disciplinary actions have begun," Helfrich said.
The video reportedly went viral after it was posted on Reddit, the Daily Emerald first reported, generating thousands of comments and millions of views on social media.