2 CU football players suspended, face charges after bar fight

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Two University of Colorado football players are facing charges after they got into a fight outside a downtown Boulder bar just hours after the Buffaloes beat Utah at Folsom Field on Saturday night, the Boulder Police Department said.

Police say 23-year-old Abdul Jaleel Awini and 21-year-old Christopher Hill were arrested around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at The Walrus Saloon after the victory clinched the Pac-12 South Division and berth in the conference title game.

Awini, a senior who has played multiple positions, was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and Hill was cited with third-degree assault, according to court records.

Police said Awini was kicked out of the bar where he blamed Hill for getting him ejected. That’s when police said the two started to argue.

Hill allegedly punched Awini in the jaw, police said. Hill fled the scene but was later chased down. Hill told police he punched Awini because he thought Awini would punch him first.

Officers said they found cocaine in Awini’s wallet while he was being treated for his injuries. Both the players played in Saturday night’s victory.

Awini has been suspended from all team activities and will not play in Friday's Pac-12 championship game against Washington. Coach Mike MacIntyre also said Hill, a tight end, will not play in the game.