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Police cite three Griz basketball players over weekend

Published On: Apr 29 2013 12:07:22 PM MDT   Updated On: Apr 29 2013 06:32:17 PM MDT

Over the weekend Missoula Police cited three University of Montana Grizzly basketball players.

Two players were arrested in front of a bar after an alleged fight. A third player was cited for a separate incident for allegedly hosting a house party.

Police arrested 20-year-old Keron DeShields, a sophomore guard for the Griz, and 22-year-old Will Cherry, a senior guard, around 2:00 a.m. Saturday.

Missoula Police say at least five officers responded outside Stockman's Bar on Front Street for reports of a disturbance. When they arrived police say Cherry, DeSchields and a third man, 34-year-old Jason Snyder were fighting and a large crowd had gathered.

Police say they tried to break up the fight, and arrest the men. Reports go on to say one officer tried to disperse the crowd with pepper spray.

Officers arrested DeShields for disorderly conduct for the fight. Cherry was also cited with disorderly conduct for the incident as well as a citation for resisting arrest.

The ticket says Cherry yanked his arms away and flexed his arms to avoid being handcuffed. Police say they first threatened to use a taser but when Cherry wouldn't stop resisting one officer tased him.

Snyder was arrested for disorderly conduct as well as cited for drugs; police say he had marijuana and pipe with him when he was arrested. 

The police department will compile use of force reports for the pepper spray and tasers. They have 72 hours to complete those reports which will be reviewed by supervisors. Police say as of right now the use of force was appropriate in this situation.

In Municipal Court Monday, DeShields pleaded not guilty to the disorderly conduct charge. The judge told the 20-year-old he's not to be around alcohol or bars.

"I see that you're already underage so it goes without saying no alcohol, no bars, no liquor stores," said Geoff Mahar. "I don't want you to have any contact at all or adjacent contact with the front of Stockman's."

Cherry asked for a continuance in the case. He's scheduled for his initial appearance May 6.

Snyder pleaded not guilty to his three charges for the alleged incident. 

You can see copies of the citations for Cherry and DeShields here.


In a separate alleged incident red shirt sophomore forward Michael Weisner was cited early Sunday morning.

The citation says Weisner hosted a party at his apartment in a residential neighborhood. The ticket says he was disturbing the peace.

Weisner asked for an extension in the case. He's schedule to appear Wedneday.

To view the citation click here.