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Police: 6 Marquette players involved in club fight

- Associated Press - Friday, April 6, 2012

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Six Marquette University basketball players were involved in an altercation at a Milwaukee nightclub where they were ticketed for being underage, according to a police report.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Friday (http://bit.ly/I6VIyo) it obtained the police report through an open records request filed Feb. 29. A partial report released March 20 made no mention of an altercation involving members of the Golden Eagles, the newspaper said.

However, in the newly released report, investigators describe a chaotic situation that ultimately resulted in 11 squad cars being dispatched to the club, Apartment 720, on Jan. 29. The report details at least two large fights at the club that night but does not make clear which one involved the players.

"During the ensuing investigation, the staff stated that approximately 30 individuals from a party at the location had engaged (in) physical altercations with members of the Marquette University basketball team. There were no complaints of battery made by any of the individuals who remained on scene," the report said.

The report identified the players involved in the altercation as Todd Mayo, then 20, a freshman guard; Vander Blue, 19, a sophomore guard; Jamail Jones, 19, a sophomore forward; Juan Anderson, 18, a freshman forward; Derrick Wilson, 20, a freshman guard; and Jake Thomas, 20, a junior guard.

The same six were ticketed for being in the club, but not for their alleged involvement in any altercation. The tickets for being underage in a club where alcohol is served were issued to the athletes March 12.

Marquette spokesman Brian Dorrington reiterated a previous statement by athletic director Larry Williams that the school investigated the incident thoroughly and fully cooperated with police.

"We referred the players involved to the university's student conduct system, as would be the case for any Marquette student. Individuals were disciplined as appropriate for a violation of team and departmental rules," Dorrington said.

The Journal Sentinel first reported on the incident March 20, as the Golden Eagles were preparing to face Florida in an NCAA regional semifinal, and the six players were eligible. Florida won that game 68-58.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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