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Two Nebraska-Omaha players dismissed for starting racially-charged fight

Aug 17, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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Two University of Nebraska-Omaha players were dismissed from the program after their roles in sparking a fight in a local bar.

Senior co-captain Matt White and freshman Preston Hodge were tossed from the team after starting a fight in Omaha’s Old Market district that saw them using racial slurs. Rob White of the Omaha World-Herald has the story.

Witnesses told police that the hockey players had been harassing a small group of African-Americans with racial slurs and epithets around 2 a.m. Aug. 3.

The situation escalated and Hodge allegedly pushed Lamar Triplett, 26, of Omaha. Triplett said he responded by hitting Hodge and knocking him to the ground. Hodge hit his head and appeared to lose consciousness, according to a police report.

That sounds like proper karmic payback at least.

UNO athletic director Trev Alberts issued a statement on the players’ dismissal.

“We are extremely disappointed in the actions of these students; we will not tolerate any misconduct of this nature,” he said via press release. “We will continue to work diligently to ensure our student athletes understand the importance of tolerance and respect for others.”

White was third on the team in goals last season and fourth in points. A third player, senior Alex Simonson, was suspended pending review of his role in the altercation. All three players were ticketed for suspicion of misdemeanor assault.

  1. jessejames182 - Aug 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Just more good ole boys who think rules don’t apply to them.

  2. twesty85 - Aug 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Sadly, it’s not surprising this happened in Omaha.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Given that this happened in NEB, I’m not surprised. I’m sure this happens more often than not. And as Mama always says, ‘Nothing good happens after midnight.’ For those who think that racism doesn’t exist…

  4. nicknyhc - Aug 18, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Sounds like some white guys got into a fight with some black guys, and now those white guys are “racists”. Typical.

    If this was a “racially charged fight” why weren’t charges filed? Why weren’t the players interviewed?

    Seems like pretty biased one sided reporting.

    • mustbechris - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      nicknyhc – What you said is objectively stupid. It leads me to believe that you, too, are objectively stupid.

  5. supercoop8 - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    This is the risk you take when you name a kid “Preston,” inevitably he is gonna get in trouble for racial epithets or raping a girl in prep school.

    On a serious note, Nicknyhc and his reverse racism argument aren’t tired at all. Players weren’t interviewed nor were the other kids involved. Witnesses reported the hockey players yelling abusive comments all night; there is no bias in reporting facts just your own bias in how you process it.

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