3 CSU football players expelled following fight

Colton Paulhus, Mike Orakpo, Nordly Capi

Colton Paulhus, Mike Orakpo, Nordly Capi

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State University has expelled three football players charged in a violent brawl that sent two people to the hospital, the university announced Friday.

Rams defensive end Nordly Capi, linebacker Mike Orakpo and defensive end Colton Paulhus are charged with Disorderly Conduct, a class three misdemeanor, in the April 6 off-campus fight.

According to CSU spokesman Mike Hooker, the decision to expel the students was made by the university’s Conflict Resolution & Student Conduct Services department.

“Although there is an appeals process, and the deadline to request an appeal is May 15, expulsion in the Student Conduct Code means a permanent removal from the university,” said Hooker. “A notification of the expulsion will be on each former student’s transcript, which cannot be removed.”

The fight happened shortly before midnight near the intersection of Shields Street and LaPorte Avenue after words were exchanged by individuals from two groups, according to Fort Collins Police.

The Larimer County District Attorney is also charging Donny Gocha, a CSU freshman, with Disorderly Conduct.

“It is believed that Gocha’s friends were trying to break up the fight and protect Gocha who was knocked unconscious at some point during the incident.”

Gocha and his friend, John Haley, sustained numerous face and head injuries.

“It’s great news, I’m very proud to be a CSU Ram today,” said Haley of the expulsions.

Orakpo’s attorney released a statement, saying her client’s expulsion is unwarranted.

“Mr. Orakpo steadfastly asserts his innocence in this situation. He was not the instigator of the altercation nor did he ever assault anyone,” said attorney Alexandra L. Duncan. “The alleged victim, the person whom started the fight, was never struck by Mr. Orakpo. Despite no evidence to substantiate these allegations, my client has now been expelled with no due process and he is certainly less culpable than the instigator of the altercation whom to our knowledge has not suffered the same fate.”

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