2 UNO Hockey Players Kicked Off Team After Fight
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Omaha, NE- Two UNO hockey players are off the team, a third suspended after a fight in the Old Market that one man says involved racial slurs and punches.
Preston Hodge and Matt White were dismissed from the team, and no longer on scholarship. Alex Simonson has been suspended.
It all happened the night of August 3rd, when a man says he was walking from the parking lot at 10th and Harney to The Sports Bar.
"Just a normal night getting ready to go inside the stadium bar, at least that was my plan." says Lamar Triplette.
Thats when Triplette says two guys confronted him and started taunting him and calling him names.
"One of them swung at me and the other called me a derogatory name, the one that swung at me, I didn't swing at him, I hit the one who called me a derogatory name." says Triplette.
That man, identified by police at Preston Hodge, hit his his head and was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.
Triplette, who was also ticketed in the fight, say's he did nothing wrong.
"All i did was defend myself, I feel like i should have never gotten a citation, I think that was pretty much unfair because they swung on me, the initiated it."
He says his involvement only started once the name calling started, something lamar say's he's never experienced before.
"I've never ever, i've got a lot of white caucasion friends, i'm cool with, i've never been called that ever, so it was a shock to me."
The players were all cited for disorderly conduct. Matthew White and Preston Hodge were released from the team and their scholarships suspended. The third player, Alex Simonson has been suspended pending further investigation.
UNO Athletic Director Trev Alberts released a statement saying "we are extremely disappointed in the actions of these three students; we will not tolerate any misconduct of this nature. we will continue to work diligently to ensure our student athletes understand the importance of tolerance and respect for others."
Triplette says he never wanted the players to be kicked off the team. but the university made the right call.
"To be honest i do, but if the derogatory names hadn't had happened i think it would have been a bit much, the suspension, but when that happened it was the right call.
KMTV Action 3 News did reach to the three players, but our phone calls were not returned.
All four men are expected in court next month.