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Three UNO Players Charged in Fight

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OMAHA, Neb. — Three Nebraska-Omaha players face misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges after allgedly yelling racial slurs and getting into a fight near campus, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Matt White, 25, Alex Simonson, 23, and Preston Hodge, 21, were charged Aug. 3. Another man, Lamar Triplett, was charged for getting into the fight with the trio.

“I don't know why I got a citation because I was just trying to defend myself that night,” Triplett told the World-Herald. “It was a crazy situation. It was the most random situation I have ever been in.”

According to the report, the three will appear in court in September.

The police report indicates that the three players, according to witnesses, were harassing some African-Americans, including racial slurs and epithets.

“When we were walking up (to the bar), I could tell something had been going on outside the bar because there were a lot of people around,” Triplett told the newspaper. “I heard someone (cursing) but I didn't think it was at me.”

Triplett said he was confronted by someone later identified as Hodge. Hodge pushed Triplett, and Triplett responded by knocking Hodge to the ground, where he hit his head and lost consciousness. He was treated at the hospital and released.

The situation escalated from there.

“We're still gathering information about what transpired. Once we've finished gathering all the facts, we'll be able to comment further,” UNO coach Dean Blais said in a statement.

Simonson and White are seniors. Hodge is an incoming freshman from Bloomington, Ill.

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