CSU-Fort Collins

Apr 9, 2012 12:01 AM by Andy Koen

Brother of NFL star suspended from CSU football team

FORT COLLINS - One of the three Colorado State University football players suspended on Saturday for violating team rules is the younger brother of Washington Redskins star linebacker Brian Orakpo.

Rams head coach Jim McElwain announced Saturday the suspensions of junior linebacker Mike Orakpo, junior defensive end Nordly Capi and junior defensive end Colton Paulhus.

The action came a day after four CSU freshmen reported that there were assaulted by football players following a party on Friday night. One of the victims, 19 year old John Haley, told 9 News and the Coloradoan newspaper that he and three friends were leaving a party on Friday when an SUV drove past and someone inside yelled homophobic insults at them.

He said his friend Donny Gocha responded with the same insult and the SUV screeched to a halt and several men piled out.

"You could just tell they were looking for a fight," Haley said. "They just started beating the back of Donny's head in."

Haley says he and his friends tried to protect Gocha while the other men kicked and punched him.

The university has not directly linked the players to the assault. However, freshman offensive lineman Trey Cassidy posted an apology about the incident on Facebook. His post reads:

"Well first off, I want to apologize for what my teammates have done to three students last night. I just talked to the students who were assaulted. I hang out in their hall regularly, and do not believe that there is any hostility between us," Cassidy wrote.

"I figured everyone else should know that not everyone on the team are like these athletes that get into fights every other weekend. But it is this select few... that get the rest of us labeled as a group, you would assume that everyone on campus would realize this. But let's face reality people, some people are going to label the entire team as hot headed people that can't be trusted."

Cassidy later added: "A group of football players jumped a few students, I am not allowed to really get into it but I can say they are currently suspended."

In 2010, the younger Orakpo told USA Today that he chose to play for the Rams so that he would be judged on his own merits.

"I feel I will continue to establish my own name, so people can know my talents and what I can do as far as being Mike Orakpo," he said.

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