Minnesota's Carter arrested, status unclear

November, 3, 2009
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Minnesota freshman cornerback Michael Carter was arrested and jailed early Monday after being charged with alcohol consumption by a minor and obstructing the legal process.

University police said Carter, 18, and teammate Kenny Watkins were trying to pick a fight with two other men outside a pizza joint. Watkins cooperated with police during a search, while Carter resisted and had to be subdued.

According to the Star Tribune report:

Watkins complied with instructions for a pat search, but Carter refused to put his hands on a wall, and when an officer grabbed his arm, attempting to throw him to the ground, Carter spun around. Both officers then attempted to get control of Carter, who continued to resist the officers even as several additional Gophers football players came outside and yelled at him to stop.

One of the officers removed a taser gun and pointed it at Carter's chest, according to the report. The player was ultimately wrestled to the ground, handcuffed and taken to the Hennepin County jail. Carter was given a PBT test for alcohol, and registered .055. Watkins was not charged.

Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster had no immediate comment about Carter's arrest but could provide a status update at his news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Carter, who is cousins with former Minnesota All-American Tyrone Carter, was one of the team's top recruits in the 2009 class. He has appeared in all nine games this season and is listed as the backup to standout corner Traye Simmons.



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