According to reporter Heather Hourigan, WSMV News, two MTSU football players were suspended by Coach Stockstill today pending an investigation into possible animal cruelty.
In a video posted to Justin Akins’ Snapchat account last month, Shalom Alvarez can be seen hitting a puppy. Both players are now suspended. WSMV broke the story of the video Tuesday night.
According to reports, the students were disciplining the puppy for “peeing inside”.
Athletics Director Chris Massaro announced the suspension Wednesday in a statement:
The actions captured on this video are obviously disturbing. We welcome the inquiry by the Rutherford County Pet Adoption and Welfare Services. We have high expectations of conduct for our student-athletes. Coach [Rick] Stockstill has suspended these players until the inquiry is complete and they will perform community service to the benefit of local animal welfare efforts.
Akins is a fifth year Senior DE and played in every game last year. Alvarez, is a Junior and did not play last year.