Athletes can do community service

From Staff ReportsApril 5, 2006 

Four Duke University football players arrested in February outside a Chapel Hill night club when a fight broke out will have their charges dismissed if they do community service, the players' lawyer said Tuesday.

Michael Brown, a freshman linebacker, Segun Akande, a junior fullback, Andreas Platt, a freshman safety, and Christopher Davis, a sophomore safety, all were charged with failure to disperse when a fight broke out outside the Chi Hi Club at 136 E. Rosemary St.

Davis was charged also with assault on a government official after police said he pushed a police officer in the chest outside the club.

But on Monday in Orange County District Court, prosecutors agreed to drop the charges if Brown, Akande and Platt perform 24 hours of community service, and Davis volunteers for 75 hours either at the Hargraves Community Center or McDougle Middle School, defense attorney Edward Falcone said.

Falcone said the players must complete the community service by July 17, their next court date.

A call to Duke's Athletic Department inquiring whether the university had taken disciplinary action against the student athletes wasn't returned Tuesday.

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