According to the Lansing State Journal, police records showed that Michigan State defensive back Demetrious Cox broke a cab driver’s nose during an altercation in East Lansing on Nov. 24.
The report said that the incident happened while the senior team captain was lost and drunk. He pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge and told the State Journal that he was “falsely accused.”
The incident was reportedly the result of Cox giving a cab driver directions to where he had already been picked up. The report said that an “aggressive” Cox refused to pay the fee for the unproductive ride and began punching the driver.
According to the report, that resulted in a hospital trip and a broken nose for the driver. Cox was arrested after he matched the driver’s description. His blood alcohol level was at .22 at the time of his arrest. After posting $200 bail, Cox was released on Thanksgiving afternoon.
That led to him being suspended for the Penn State game, which was Cox’s last chance to play in an MSU uniform. Cox’s pretrial will be on Jan. 5.
The former third-team All-B1G selection had 55 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one interception in 2016.