UPDATED - July 20th 4:45 AM - The Mississippi State Bulldogs football team took a bit of a hit on Saturday night, when star running back Anthony Dixon was arrested in Starkville for driving under the influence.
According to the police report, Dixon refused to take a breathalyzer or field sobriety test, but was cited for DUI, careless driving, and no proof of liability insurance. According to the officer who made the arrest, Dixon's speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.
Head coach Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs football team released the following statement following Dixon's arrest:
"Obviously, I'm extremely disappointed in Anthony Dixon's selfish decisions on Saturday night that led to his arrest. This is a topic that we've discussed with our team several times; and we expect each of our student-athletes to not put themselves in this position. We'll continue to work with law enforcement while educating our players about these matters. Anthony's discipline will be appropriate and will be handled inside the football program."
During the 2008 season, Dixon led the Bulldogs with 869 yards rushing on 197 carries. Dixon also scored seven rushing touchdowns and added two more receiving touchdowns.
Heading into his final season at Mississippi State, Dixon is expected to be the starter at running back and a key contributor for the Bulldogs, before moving on to the NFL.
Dixon released the following statement after his arrest:
"I sincerely apologize to not only my coaches and teammates, but also to all of the Mississippi State fans that I've let down by my poor decisions. I will accept whatever punishment coach Mullen decides and hope I can move forward and prepare to help this team."