Backup quarterback Bo Schlechter was dismissed from Georgia State’s football team on Friday following his arrest Thursday morning after a fight at a Buckhead bar.
Two of his teammates, placekicker Christian Benvenuto and linebacker Dexter Moody were also arrested, but weren’t dismissed by coach Bill Curry. They were suspended indefinitely. Moody was already on suspension after violating a team rule during spring practices in March.
“We have very stern standards about interaction with other people and when they are broken, the consequences are permanent,” Curry said. “We will not have people who create public mischief on our team.”
According to Atlanta Police spokesman Sgt. Curtis Davenport, three men told police they were attacked by the GSU students at the intersection of West Shadowlawn Drive and Peachtree Street in Buckhead. At least seven Atlanta police cars arrived on the scene and eventually handcuffed six men, among them Schlechter. Police found one of the victims with a torn shirt and broken necklace. Another had a visible injury but refused medical treatment.
“The subject with the ripped shirt identified Bo Schlechter as the subject that physically assaulted him,” Davenport said in a release.
The assault followed “trash talking” and the victims said one of the GSU students claimed he had a gun in a truck. Police searched a nearby white truck, however, and no gun was found, Davenport said.
One of those arrested told police he was on suspension from the GSU team, Davenport said. He didn’t identify the player. A female acquaintance also told police she needed to call “Bo’s coach,” the spokesman said.
Schlechter, 20, was charged with disorderly conduct fighting; Benvenuto, 19, disorderly conduct under the influence and Moody, 20, disorderly conduct under the influence.
The dismissal and suspensions continue a series of disciplinary issues for the football team.
Kelton Hill, a backup quarterback, was arrested last summer and charged with burglary. The Fulton County district attorney didn’t pursue the charges. He was readmitted to Georgia State and re-joined the team in August. He started the season’s final five games.
There were numerous suspensions during the fall for violations of team rules. Four players, including Moody, were suspended during spring practices in March. Three of the suspended players were reinstated. Defensive end A.J. Portee was dismissed from the team earlier this month for a violation of team rules related to academics.
Four players were suspended for violating team rules in the spring of 2011.
Schlechter, a redshirt sophomore from Wellington, Fla., started four games at quarterback last season, passing for 440 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. He also punted 10 times for a 35.9-yard average. He would likely have been the third-string quarterback at best this season, behind Ben McLane and Hill.
Benvenuto, an upcoming sophomore from Palm Coast, Fla., was GSU’s second-leading scorer with 46 points. He hit nine of his 17 field goals. Six of the misses were from 45 yards or longer.
Moody, a redshirt junior who attended Emanuel County Institute in Twin City, led the Panthers with 65 tackles last season. Curry said Moody’s status hasn’t changed because he is still trying to find out what happened.
Doug Roberson, ajc. Christopher Seward contributed to this report.