Miss. St. RB Dixon now has DUI rap
Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 4:21 pm
By: By CHRIS TALBOTT, Associated Press Writer
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Running back Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State’s top returning offensive player, was arrested over the weekend and his status for the season is unclear.
An arrest report from the Starkville Police Department says Dixon was charged with driving under the influence after officers found him intoxicated late Saturday night with two empty champagne bottles on the floorboard of his car.
“Obviously I’m extremely disappointed in Anthony Dixon’s selfish decisions on Saturday night that led to his arrest,” first-year coach Dan Mullen said. “This is a topic that we’ve discussed with our team several times; and we expect each of our student-athletes to not put themselves in this position. We’ll continue to work with law enforcement while educating our players about these matters.”
It is unclear how the new coach will handle disciplinary action or whether Dixon will be suspended for the start of the season, which begins Sept. 5 against Jackson State.
Mullen said Dixon’s discipline “will be appropriate and handled inside the football program.”
The 6-foot-1, 236-pound senior from Terry rushed for 869 yards and seven touchdowns last season as the lone bright spot on a disappointing offense to bring his career totals to 2,603 rushing yards and a Mississippi State record 30 rushing touchdowns.
The 21-year-old also was cited for careless driving and failure to carry proof of insurance.
A narrative report from the arresting officer says Dixon drove his silver Chevrolet Impala through parking spaces along the right side of the street before he was pulled over.
The officer said Dixon’s speech was slurred at the time of his being pulled over.
He refused a field sobriety test and declined a breath intoxication test at the department, according to the report.
Dixon apologized to fans in the statement: “I sincerely apologize to not only my coaches and teammates, but also to all of the Mississippi State fans that I’ve let down by my poor decisions. I will accept whatever punishment coach Mullen decides and hope I can move forward and prepare to help this team.”
In an interview with The Associated Press last week, Dixon said he was excited about his role in Mullen’s new spread offense.
He’s slimmed down since topping out around 250 pounds late last year and expects to start the season around 230.
Dixon was named preseason second-team All-Southeastern Conference last week.