UPDATE: ASU's Sean Price suspended after arrest
by Kellen Short
ASU wide receiver Sean Anthony Price has been suspended from the football team after being arrested early Sunday morning on a drunk and disruptive charge, according to police and university reports.
Price, 20, of Reston, Va., was arrested just after 2 a.m. outside the Char Restaurant and Bar on Howard Street, according to Boone police report.
Officer Andrew Smith noted that he was stopped in his patrol car near the bar when a Char bouncer approached asking for help with a person inside. Friends escorted Price from the building as other police arrived on scene.
After Smith returned from his vehicle with a trespass warning, Price began yelling and taunting officers, the report states.
He accused the police of intervening only because he was black and screamed profanities and racial slurs, according to police. Sgt. Geoff Hayes asked whether Price wanted him to call associate athletics director Jay Sutton, to which Price replied with more profanity, the report states.
Police placed Price under arrest because he refused to leave the area peacefully. Upon arriving at the magistrate's office, Price would not exit the patrol car "because no one said 'please,'" the report states.
At the jail, police said Price continued to be rude and disruptive.
"He complained that the jail shoes were bad for his ankles and he was an athlete and he deserved better than that," the report states.
Price's blood alcohol content at the jail registered at 0.12, the report states, and he received a citation for underage consumption of alcohol.
He was issued a $1,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 19.
Aside from the criminal charges, Price is facing repercussions from the ASU athletics department.
He has been suspended for an undetermined number of games for "a violation of team rules," according to a statement Thursday from Sports Information Director Mike Flynn.
"I'd like to say I'm sorry to my teammates and coaches, (ASU Chancellor) Dr. Peacock and the campus and local communities for the ill-advised decisions that I made that led to my suspension," Price said in the statement. "My actions were ill-advised and immature and don't reflect how I want to represent my team and my school. I hope to have the opportunity to return to the field and represent Appalachian State in a positive way."
The sophomore broke longstanding FCS records for receptions and receiving yards last year and is a candidate for the Walter Payton Award as well as all-America and all-conference honors, according to ASU Sports Information.
Price was named National co-Freshman of the Year by College Sports Journal in 2012 and was the first ASU player since Armanti Edwards to be named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year.
This isn't the first time the standout athlete has been suspended.
Former Coach Jerry Moore suspended Price during the 2012 season for two games due to a "violation of team rules." He missed the season opener against East Carolina, played the next week against Montana and sat the bench again during The Citadel game.
The ASU news release Thursday also said reserve quarterback Kalik Barnes has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities due to a violation of NCAA rules.
Barnes was prohibited from playing in any games in 2012 due to a "violation of team rules" but was allowed to practice, according to Watauga Democrat archives.
"We hold our student-athletes to high standards as representatives of our program, our university and our community," head coach Scott Satterfield said. "The decisions that Kalik and Sean made did not meet those standards and, therefore, there are consequences.
"Sean's suspension comes with a number of conditions that have to be met, not the least of which is re-earning the trust of the university, the community and his coaches and teammates. We hope that he will meet these conditions and be able to return to the field at some point in the future."