Minnesota Gophers defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman was arrested in Minneapolis early Thursday after getting in a fist fight near the University of Minnesota at a bar about closing time, authorities said.
Hageman, who played in all 12 games last season as a sophomore, was booked in the Hennepin County jail on suspicion of disorderly conduct at about 2:40 a.m. and has since posted bond allowing for his release. A May 24 court date has been set.
Police Sgt. Stephen McCarty said that Hageman, 21, had been drinking at Sally's Saloon and Eatery and was arrested outside. No one required hospitalization, and there were no other arrests, McCarty said.
McCarty did not know what prompted the fight.
Gophers spokesman Garry Bowman said athletic officials are aware of the incident and intend to deal with the matter internally.
"He was in the middle of [the incident] trying to break it up," Bowman said. "We are still trying to gather more information. Coach Kill will look into it more when he talks to Ra'Shede."
Hageman starred at Minneapolis Washburn High School as a tight end, but he was converted to the defensive line upon his arrival at Minnesota.
The 6-foot-6, 300-pound tackle played primarily on passing downs last season and is viewed as a key contributor to the team's pass rush in 2012.
As a freshman, he was suspended for three games in 2010 for what was characterized as a lack of academic focus.
As a senior at Washburn, he caught 11 touchdowns, was named to the Star Tribune's all-metro team and various scouting services placed him among the top 10 tight ends in the nation.
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