ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bell Was Starting Offensive Tackle in 2008
Two University of New Mexico football players – one a starter in 2008 – were arrested at Downtown bar early Sunday morning.
Police booked starting offensive tackle Byron Bell and reserve wide receiver Quintell Solomon at 1:30 a.m. on 312 Central Ave. SW, according to documents on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Web site. The address belongs to The Library Bar and Grill.
Both Bell, 20, and Solomon, 19, were charged with disorderly conduct and participating in a public affray, the report said. Bell also was charged with larceny/shoplifting, while Solomon was charged with offenses by a minor.
The arrests are the third and fourth within the program in the last five months. No one has yet been convicted of any crime.
First-year coach Mike Locksley said in a statement released through the UNM media relations department that Bell and Solomon have been suspended indefinitely from all football-related activities as a result of their arrests.
“Byron and Quintell will not participate in any activities with our football program until we obtain more information about the incident,” said Locksley in the statement. “We will determine the appropriate disciplinary action after we receive that information.”
Locksley refused further comment when contacted by the Journal.
Bell started all 12 games last season at right tackle as a redshirt freshman. CollegeFootballNews.com named him an honorable mention freshman all-America.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Bell started at left tackle throughout spring practice and is a projected starter there for the 2009 season.
Solomon (6-3, 185) is a walk-on entering his redshirt freshman season. He is the younger brother of starting senior safety Frankie Solomon.
In late February, redshirt freshman reserve wide receiver Andre McQueen was arrested on a domestic violence charge and has a hearing scheduled for next month.
Locksley also suspended him indefinitely, pending the outcome of the legal process.
Former quarterback Emmanuel Yeager’s arrest in April on a concealing identity charge became public last week. His hearing has been rescheduled for August.
Yeager, whom Locksley said left the team in May because of family issues, is the only one of the four players recruited by Locksley and his staff.
The others joined UNM under former coach Rocky Long. Both Bell and McQueen are on scholarship.