MTSU Football Players Suspended After Posting Video Of Themselves Beating A Puppy On Snapchat

by 10 months ago

Middle Tennessee State football players Shalom Alvarez and Justin Akins have been indefinitely suspended by the school after Akins uploading this video of Alvarez beating a puppy on Snapchat with the caption “[Expletive] said you don’t pay rent [emoji].”

Video via Daily News Journal

MTSU head coach Rick Stockstill provided a bizarre statement where he spoke about talking to the players on how “disciplining a pet in such a manner could be misconstrued”


I am aware of the situation and have talked to the players involved. The players explained to me that the puppy urinated inside and they were simply spanking it as a form of discipline. They told me there was never any intent to harm the dog. This was an important teaching moment. I talked to them about other approaches that should have been considered in this situation. And I pointed out how disciplining a pet in such a manner could be misconstrued, especially with the impact of social media.

I’m not sure if the coach thinks it’s actually okay to beat a puppy or if he’s trying to back his players but it just comes off as tone-deaf.

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