Marshall dismisses RB Butler

Published 4:01 am Thursday, May 7, 2015

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick says backup running back Steward Butler has been suspended following his arrest in the beating of two gay men.

Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick issued a statement regarding Butler’s dismissal.

“Head coach Doc Holliday and I have decided to dismiss running back Steward Butler from our program in light of additional information regarding his charges,” said Hamrick.

Email newsletter signup

Cabell County court records show Butler was arraigned before a magistrate Wednesday on two misdemeanor battery counts. He was released on $10,000 bond.

Huntington police Detective Chris Sperry says in criminal complaints that Butler got out of a car after seeing the men kissing on a street on April 5 in Huntington. Sperry says Butler allegedly then began shouting derogatory words about their sexual orientation and punched the men.

Hamrick says Butler has been suspended indefinitely from team activities.

A message left with Butler’s attorney wasn’t immediately returned.

Butler was Marshall’s second-leading rusher last season with 798 yards and seven touchdowns.