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Missouri State University releases statement on suspension of quarterback Ruddick

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Published: Sep. 24, 2016 at 11:32 PM CDT
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Missouri State University has suspended quarterback Breck Ruddick after allegations surfaced about an abused dog.

Ruddick missed Saturday's game against Kansas State. An online petition at Change.org alleges Breck Ruddick abused a dog. The petition, which now has over 6,000 signatures, is calling for the university to remove Ruddick from the team permanently.

STATEMENT from MSU:

Missouri State University Releases Updated Statement on Ruddick Suspension

It has recently come to the attention of head football coach Dave Steckel and Missouri State University that starting quarterback, Breck Ruddick, is accused of animal abuse. The University considers this to be a serious allegation and as such, has taken the following actions:

·Ruddick is suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.

·The office of student conduct is coordinating an investigation and will turn findings over to Athletics for team discipline and then will begin university disciplinary action if appropriate. The investigation is a top priority for the University and the football team. It will be prompt, thorough and fair.

·Ruddick will not participate in football activities during the investigation.

The University takes this situation very seriously; however, due process is always required before final disciplinary action is taken by the football team or the University.

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