Cincinnati Player Arrested After Slugging Police Horse

Posted: May 04, 1995

Two Cincinnati basketball players submitted written pleas of innocent yesterday after being arrested when one of them allegedly punched a horse ridden by a policeman.

Art Long was charged with assault for hitting the horse, and Danny Fortson was charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

Mounted patrols are used regularly at night around the university to assist in controlling crowds from nightclubs and bars. Officer Blair Baker was patrolling on his horse, Cody, when Long, 22, and Fortson, 19, drove by about 1 a.m. and shouted at the officer, according to a police report.

Baker said he radioed ahead for a police cruiser to stop the car. According to the officer, when he arrived, Long punched the horse four times in the neck and was arrested, the report said; Fortson was arrested for shouting obscenities at bystanders and police.

Both were released on bond and submitted pleas through their attorney. No trial date was set.

In other college news:


University of Tennessee athletes and other students are being questioned about thousands of dollars in fraudulently billed long-distance phone calls.

"So far we have had interviews with about 60 students and we expect that more than twice that many will be questioned during the next several weeks," Phil Scheurer, vice chancellor for student affairs, said.

The university is investigating 17,000 long-distance calls made from campus dormitories over the past year that were charged to an internal access code assigned to an unidentified employee.

Some $25,000 in calls were charged and routinely paid by the university. The security breach was discovered about five weeks ago when phone system officials couldn't determine which department was responsible for the charges.

Scheurer refused to say how many athletes are involved, saying he was taking the approach that "a student is a student and athletes will not be accorded any special considerations."

But The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported as many as 100 athletes are being questioned, including those on the football, men's basketball and baseball teams.


West Virginia will not appeal penalties imposed by the NCAA against its men's tennis team for violations committed by a former coach, an athletic official said. The penalties were similar to those imposed by the WVU athletic department after a three-month internal investigation last year.

"The committee agreed with the findings of violations contained in the university's report and all the penalties the institution proposed," David Swank, chair of the NCAA Committee of Infractions, wrote in a letter to the school.

Officials last year found former coach Terry Deremer had broken several NCAA rules, including reimbursing players for costs of books and tennis rackets and improperly employing players at a tennis camp.

WVU also said Deremer deposited proceeds from private fund-raising tennis tournaments into his personal checking account to pay extra benefits.

Deremer, who took over the program in 1980, was fired April 29, 1994. The tennis program was temporarily suspended after Deremer admitted supplementing the room and board expenses of players beyond the amount allowed by the NCAA.

The NCAA said the program must remain on probation for two years, through April 22, 1997. But the university already had put itself on probation through April 25, 1998.

WVU forfeited all its 1993-94 tennis wins plus its Atlantic 10 title and offered no new scholarships for the 1994-95 season.

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