Duck football player suspended from bowl for 'snowball incident'

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown was suspended from the Duck's appearance in the Alamo Bowl for his involvement in a snowball fight Friday that targeted drivers on campus, the University of Oregon Athletic Department said.

The Oregon Football program made the announcement late Monday morning, saying that Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich suspended Brown "for his role in Friday's snowball incident".

In a statement made Sunday night, Helfrich said "we take this matter very seriously and disciplinary actions have begun."

"I was one of the many UO students involved in the snowball fight on Friday and my actions escalated to an inappropriate level and for that, I sincerely apologize," Brown said in a statement. "We never should have engaged innocent people and I deeply regret my actions and will accept the consequences."

One of the motorists pelted by snow said the punishment was too much.

"The punishment is a little severe given there was no property damage or injury," Krysten Mayfair said Monday. "Yesterday Coach Helfrich called me and apologized for the player's actions. That was more than I could have ever expected."

The University of Oregon Police Department said the drivers are not pressing charges against the students involved. However, the students could still face charges of disorderly conduct, depending on the outcome of the investigation, UOPD said.

UO dean of students Paul Shang said Friday's snowball fight near the EMU was in part organized by student athletes when the Oregon Duck football team challenged the University of Oregon student body to a snowball fight.

Oregon is set to appear in the Alamo Bowl on December 30 against the Texas Longhorns.

Athletic director Rob Mullens issued the following statement in response to an email from a concerned student:

The behavior demonstrated in the video is unacceptable, dangerous and does not represent the culture of the department.

The UO Police Department and the Dean of Students Office are working together to identify those involved and determine appropriate actions to be taken according to the law and the university's established policies and protocols. After learning of the incident, Coach Helfrich reached out to both drivers of the vehicles involved and expressed apologies for the incident on behalf of the football program.

The student-athletes associated with this incident were swiftly disciplined and are subject to additional discipline from the Dean of Students. We take this matter seriously and will hold those involved accountable.

The actions depicted in this video in no way represent the values of the University of Oregon Athletic Department or the character of 450 student-athletes. Be assured that this incident is not being taken lightly, and we are taking swift, appropriate actions to address the matter.