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Arkansas suspends 2 starters for reportedly flirting with Mississippi State cheerleaders

Sporting News logo Sporting News 11/19/2018 Arthur Weinstein
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Arkansas has suspended two starting defensive backs for reportedly flirting with Mississippi State cheerleaders before the Razorbacks' 52-6 loss Saturday.

Razorbacks coach Chad Morris announced the suspensions Monday at his media conference, citing "unacceptable behavior."

“Starting yesterday, I suspended Ryan Pulley and Kamren Curl. They will not be here today or yesterday or any part of this week for unacceptable behavior, actions that are completely unacceptable to what we’re about,” Morris said.

Pulley, a junior, and Curl, a sophomore, will miss Friday's season finale at Missouri.

According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, D.J. Williams, a former All-America tight end for Arkansas who now works for a Little Rock TV station, said he saw the two players socializing and taking photos with members of the Mississippi State spirit squad during warmups.

Defensive coordinator John Chavis said he was "very disappointed" in the two players.

“It’s about perception," Chavis said. "Here we are fighting to develop the kind of culture where you’re going to have a winning attitude by every guy that walks on that field. I’m not questioning their character, but the perception was not very good. It had to be addressed and our head coach has handled that. I’m with him 100 percent.”

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