Two FSU Football Players Arrested

By: Rob Shaw and Julie Montanaro Email
By: Rob Shaw and Julie Montanaro Email

FSU football players Geno Hayes and Joe Surratt were arrested early this morning at Potbelly's Bar on College Avenue.

Here's what arrest papers say: Officers arrived on scene around 1:45 a.m. and saw Hayes outside with his shirt off yelling profanities. A bar employee told them Hayes had been involved in an altercation inside. Court papers say Hayes's friends, including FSU Quarterback Drew Weatherford, were trying to get Hayes to leave. Officers say Hayes broke free from his friends and ran toward them with clenched fists, screaming profanities.

Officer Mike Petroczky tried to calm Hayes and lead him away, court papers say, but when he tried to put handcuffs on, Hayes continued to struggle and Officer Mike Malafronte tased Hayes.

Court papers say that's when Joseph Surratt ran towards Officer Petroczky. Petroczky told him to back up, but says Surratt did not. The officer then pushed Surratt and he fell to the ground. When Petroczky tried to arrest Surratt, court papers say, Surratt struck the officer in the face and gave him a bloody lip. When the officer threatened to tase Surratt, Surratt complied and was arrested.

Court records show that both Hayes and Surratt have already bonded out of jail.

Court records show Hayes, FSU's starting linebacker, was arrested on three misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and assault on an officer. Court records show Surratt faces three felony charges for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and battery on an officer.

FSU Athletic Director Dave Hart released a statement this morning saying that both Hayes and Surratt have been suspended while they review the facts of the incident. Hart says, "We are continuing to gather facts related to the circumstances."

Surratt was sidelined with a broken right fibula earlier this year and was out indefinitely. Booking records show he still has a cast on his leg.

Hayes meanwhile is a key player in the FSU defense.

The Florida State Seminoles are currently in a bye week, and are not expected to practice the next few days. Their next match-up will come against the 16th ranked Alabama Tide in Jacksonville, Florida.


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