Mississippi State wide receiver Chad Bumphis was arrested early this morning in Tupelo and charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, a Lee County Sheriff's spokesman confirmed. BulldawgJunction.com first reported the incident.
Sgt. Rodricus Hurst said Bumphis, a former Tupelo High School standout, was involved in a "big group fight" at the Atlanta Bar & Grill in downtown Tupelo, and several other people were arrested. Hurst said Bumphis got hit in the neck by a glass bottle and suffered a cut, but that he did not injure anybody.
Bumphis' mother, Dorothy Bumphis, told the Journal that Chad was on stage at the bar taking pictures with people, and the bar's owner asked some other people to clear the stage for Bumphis.
"He was standing there, and next thing he knew he had been hit in the mouth with a champagne bottle," Dorothy said. "Chad didn't hit anybody or anything. They took him outside, and then they took him to jail to calm him down. They said he was drunk; he was not drunk. Chad's not a drinker. I'm not going to tell you he didn't drink anything."
Bumphis, 22, was arrested at 1:31 a.m. by Tupelo police and booked at 2:25 at the Lee County Jail. He was released on his own recognizance and has a Jan. 12 hearing in Tupelo Municipal Court.
After the incident, Bumphis sent a series of Twitter messages regarding the incident, including this one: "However, I do want the bulldog nation to know I did nothing wrong. I'm taking picture with fans and apparently it make people mad."
Dorothy said Chad suffered a broken tooth and was not immediately treated for his injuries beyond a bandage on his neck. He went to the hospital this morning to get stitches in his neck.
Coach Dan Mullen is aware of the situation, according to a team spokesman. The university issued a statement: "We will handle this the way we would any other incident, especially a situation where there are differing accounts. The team is expected back next Sunday, classes begin Monday, and we will continue to assess the situation."
The Journal requested names of other individuals arrested in the incident, but the sheriff's office said they were not available.
Dorothy Bumphis said her son was out celebrating the birthday of friend and former THS teammate Justin Bean.
Bumphis is a junior at MSU. He made 25 catches for 339 yards this season, plus nine rushes for 28 yards. In Friday's 23-17 win over Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl, he had one catch for minus-3 yards and two rushes for minus-4 yards.