Purdue football players charged after party

Tuesday, November 21st 2006, 2:15 pm
By: News On 6

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue football players Eugene Bright and Derek Benson will not travel to Saturday's game at #25 Hawaii after being arrested at a party over the weekend, school officials said Tuesday.

Police used a stun gun to control the 21-year-old Bright, who is accused of fighting with an officer early Sunday at an underage drinking party hours after last week's win over Indiana.

Bright, a junior defensive end, was charged with battery on a police officer and resisting law enforcement, Lt. Gary Sparger of the West Lafayette Police Department said Tuesday. Bright hit the officer in the arm and chest, Sparger said.

The 21-year-old Benson, a redshirt freshman who hosted the party, was charged with suspicion of furnishing alcohol to a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, disorderly conduct and maintaining a common nuisance, police said.

Purdue coach Joe Tiller said Tuesday the school was investigating and did not rule out further punishment.

Sophomore tight end Jerry Wasikowski was cited for violating the noise ordinance, and four others were cited for minor consumption.

Bright and Benson were released from the Tippecanoe County Jail Sunday after posting bond.