Several members of the Maryland football team were involved in an off-campus fight early Tuesday morning that is being investigated by the football program and Prince George's County police.
University Police responded to a bar fight at the Cornerstone Grill and Loft on Route 1 in College Park at about 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday, a Prince George's County Police Department spokeswoman said. Officers separated the combatants and took a report, and one man was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Under a concurrent jurisdiction agreement with the county, the case was then forwarded to Prince George's County, which is handling the investigation.
Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen, who came to the scene early Tuesday morning, spoke about the incident during his weekly teleconference yesterday.
"We have some team rules that have been violated and right now I'm doing all I can to uncover the total facts," Friedgen said. "And at the proper time, I'll comment on it."
Cornerstone's owner, Mark Srour, said he was out of town during the incident and is conducting his own investigation, which he said would likely take a week.
The Maryland student newspaper, the Diamondback, reported yesterday that an off-duty bouncer named Mike McDonald was taken by ambulance to Washington Adventist Hospital after the incident. Srour said McDonald had stopped by the bar yesterday, but the owner declined to provide any details.
"I don't know anything right now," Srour said. "Until I know facts, it's all hearsay to me."
-- Dan Steinberg