Second player charged in fight


A second Bowling Green State University football player has been charged in connection to a May 29
altercation at a downtown bar.
Bowling Green Deputy Police Chief Tony Hetrick said that Robert Rhodes, 21, Bowling Green, was served
Tuesday with a citation for aggravated menacing. He was not jailed.
The charge is part of a continuing investigation into the multi-part incident, which has already resulted
in the arrest of another Falcon football player, Bryan Thomas, 23, Bowling Green, for felonious assault.
Thomas was subsequently suspended from the team "indefinitely" according to a statement from
Assistant Director for Athletic Communications Scott Swegan.
The altercation was reported after 1:30 a.m. on May 29 at Liquid, 238 N. Main Street.
Hetrick said the matter seems to involve three separate but related incidents. The first incident
involved a man being allegedly assaulted by an unknown white male outside of the bar. That incident was
not caught on surveillance footage.
That victim subsequently went inside of Liquid, where Rhodes reportedly accosted him, said Hetrick,
demanding money from him.
A bouncer at the bar, seeing the confrontation, then reportedly attempted to break it up, and he was then
allegedly assaulted by Thomas, sustaining a broken eye-socket, according to Hetrick.
Hetrick said Rhodes was one of two previously unidentified subjects caught on surveillance footage that
police sought the aid of the public in identifying last week. Rhodes, who was wearing a flowered-print
shirt in the footage, was identified through a tip provided to police, and through a statement of his
alleged victim.
Police continue to seek the identities of another man caught in the footage with an arm-sleeve tattoo,
and the unknown white male in the initial assault.
BGSU Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communication Jason Knavel said he could not offer comment
at this time and was seeking further information.
Rhodes, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver for the Falcons, sat out last season due to NCAA transfer
rules. He is a transfer from Baylor University, where he played 10 games on their football team as a
freshman. There, he had 10 catches for 157 yards.

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