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Maryland suspends RB Brown for season

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Maryland running back Wes Brown, who last month had been suspended indefinitely, has been suspended for the entire season, the school announced on Friday.

Brown, the Terrapins' second-leading rusher last season, was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer in July. He also is a suspect in a nonfatal shooting, according to Baltimore police.

"We support the University of Maryland's decision," coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. "I have spoken with Wes. He accepts the sanctions and understands what is expected of him moving forward."

Prosecutors earlier this week said charges against Brown would be dropped because they believe he was resisting an unlawful arrest, something he is permitted to do, ESPN reported.

Brown's attorney, Jason Shapiro told the Washington Post that Brown's suspension could be shortened to one semester if his client meets unspecified "benchmarks."

"I will tell you, Wes is looking forward to hitting all of those benchmarks," Shapiro said. "He has accepted full responsibility for any of his actions, despite the fact that, as the state's attorney's office states, his actions were predicated upon an attempted unlawful arrest. He is still accepting the university's punishment regarding his behavior."
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