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Northern Illinois Linebacker Jamaal Bass Indicted Following Band Member Hit

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Jeffery Lewis #22 of the Wisconsin Badgers is grabbed by Jamaal Bass #6 of the Northern Illinois Huskies at Soldier Field on September 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Wisconsin defeated Northern Illinois 49-7.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Adam KramerNational College Football Lead WriterMarch 20, 2012

You don’t typically think that actions on the football field will result in some sort of serious legal trouble. Then again, you don’t typically take out an unsuspecting band member prior to the game, either.

Northern Illinois linebacker Jammal Baas has been indicted in Ohio on felony assault and misdemeanor assault charges after he leveled a Toledo band member before the team’s game back in early November.

The incident, which is seen below, resulted in a one-game suspension which then turned into a three-game suspension.

Bass played in both the MAC Championship and the team’s bowl game, and it appeared the issue was dead. That certainly is not the case, although no trial has been set just yet.

The hit didn’t appear overly vicious, but certainly was incredibly stupid and obviously unnecessary.

At 220 pounds, Bass can do a lot of damage to an average-sized individual, even by simply throwing himself up into the air. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.

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