Report: Purdue offensive lineman arrested for battery of ex-teammate
According to the Journal and Courier’s Nathan Baird, Purdue offensive lineman Martesse Patterson was arrested on Wednesday for a felony charge of battery resulting in serious bodily injury against an ex-Purdue teammate.
Patterson is reportedly being held on bail for $10,000 surety and $1,000 cash.
The complaint was made by former Purdue walk-on Alex Hilger because of an incident that allegedly took place in their apartment. According to the report, Patterson borrowed something from Hilger’s room, which he did not give him permission to take.
According to the affidavit, Patterson returned to Hilger’s room with the stolen property and punched him in the face. Hilger reportedly suffered a broken jaw and spent two days in the hospital.
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Hilger played on special teams last year for the Boilers, but he didn’t rejoin the team this year. Patterson, on the other hand, was Purdue’s starting left tackle for the first two games.
The complaint was filed against the 6-4, 340-pound offensive lineman a day after Purdue took on Cincinnati. According to the Journal and Courier, Patterson practiced with the team as recently as last Wednesday.
Darrell Hazell demoted him to second team, but didn’t say that he was in any legal trouble, just that he was dealing with “a personal matter.”
A Purdue spokesman delivered the following statement to the Journal and Courier.
“Purdue head football coach Darrell Hazell is aware of the incident involving Martesse Patterson. Hazell respects that there is a legal process that he will allow to evolve before further commenting.”