By Andrew Sherman, Ozarks News Brief
SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State football head coach Dave Steckel sent out a press release last Friday saying starting quarterback Breck Ruddick was suspended for “conduct detrimental to the team” when animal abuse allegations from Facebook arose.
On Monday, Ruddick was cited for animal cruelty and dog at large by the Springfield Animal Control and has been indefinitely suspended from the team.
Ruddick’s attorney, Adam Woody, says the Facebook post had “contained numerous inaccuracies and untruths,” and that he is a “young man of the highest character, integrity and kindness” who grew up volunteering for his local humane society and has always been surrounded by pets.”
Even though he is indefinitely off the team, I asked people around if he is still an asset to the football team and to the university.
Joseph Woolford, an MSU student says, “I don’t believe he has value to the team or with the University honestly. After this week he shows that he doesn’t have positive character and Missouri state is very firm in what they believe in public affairs missions.”
Another MSU student said, “I would say I disagree with animal cruelty and many different aspects and ways but you really can’t make assumptions.”
MSU student, Austin Hibbard, says, “Like most cases, everyone deserves some form of a second chance just like Michael Vick, obviously his was a grander scale than he was at but still, something like that is not excusable by any means, but everybody deserve a second chance.”
Not everyone wants to see his reputation ruined.
“I would want to say yes cause i would hate for someone’s life to be tarnished by a mistake to this scale,” continued Hibbard.