Holliday dismisses Brown from team
HUNTINGTON -- Defensive back Donald Brown, 20, was dismissed from the Marshall University football team Monday following an arrest for a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.
Marshall head coach Doc Holliday issued a statement saying Brown was dismissed for a violation of team rules. Holliday's announcement came before Brown was booked at Western Regional Jail on Monday. Bail was set at $5,000.
According to a Huntington Police Department report, police responded to a call at 10:17 p.m., Sunday, regarding a domestic disturbance involving Brown and the alleged victim.
When police arrived, the victim reported that Brown became physically violent during a verbal confrontation and allegedly began hitting the victim in the face and head.
The victim also reported that Brown's 11-month-old daughter was struck in the face during the altercation.
According to the Western Regional Jail website, Brown was booked into the jail at 12:50 p.m., Monday.
Brown was a key contributor to Marshall's secondary last year, finishing the 2010 season fourth on the Thundering Herd defense with 75 tackles. He also had 5.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and three pass-breakups.
The 6-0, 182-pound junior from Frostproof, Fla., was expected to be a key contributor for the secondary in the 2011 season after starting all 12 games for the Herd in 2010.
Brown's arrest is the second in less than three weeks for Marshall's football team. Starting running back Tron Martinez was arrested June 24 on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction.
Holliday was attending Marshall's Big Green function at The Greenbrier on Monday afternoon and was unavailable for further comment.
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