Marshall University running back Steward Butler appears in Cabell County Magistrate Court in Huntington, W. Va., Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Huntington police say Butler has been charged in the beating of two gay men. (Curtis Johnson/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Marshall running back Steward Butler was charged in the beating of two gay men Wednesday and dismissed from the team.
Butler was arraigned before a Cabell County magistrate on two misdemeanor battery counts Wednesday and was released on $10,000 bond.
Huntington police Detective Chris Sperry said in criminal complaints that Butler got out of a car after seeing the men kissing on a street on April 5 in Huntington. Sperry said Butler allegedly then began shouting derogatory words about their sexual orientation and punched the men.