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Temple Suspends Football Players After Arrests for Assault on Fellow Student

Two Temple University football players face assault charges stemming from an off-campus fight that left a fellow student with a fractured orbital bone.

The university released a statement late Monday following the arrest of junior defensive lineman Haason Reddick and junior offensive lineman Dion Dawkins.

The arrests stemmed from a Jan. 18 brawl at a party at Club 1800 in North Philadelphia, said Philadelphia Police.

A 21-year-old Temple student told police he tried to break up a group of football players that were beating up his friend. Police said Dawkins kicked his classmate in the eye then started fighting with the victim -- getting help from several other people.

The brawl left the 21-year-old with a fractured right orbital bone.

Haason, a Haddon Heights High School graduate; and Dawkins, a Rahway, New Jersey native; face aggravated assault, simple assault reckless endangerment and conspiracy charges.

Both 20-year-old men posted 10 percent of $10,000 bail after being arraigned early Tuesday.

Both men were suspended from the team:

“Temple University is aware of allegations of improper conduct by two of its student-athletes at an off-campus location in January,” said a statement from university associate vice president Ray Betzner. “The university has, and will continue, to fully cooperate with the Philadelphia Police Department in its investigation and will take appropriate actions outlined in the Student Conduct Code. The two students have been suspended from football team activities pending further investigation.”

Both men are due back in court at the end of the month.

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