According to the Omaha World-Herald, the summertime fight that led to two Nebraska-Omaha players being booted off the team came to a legal end Monday as a Douglas County judge dismissed the last of the misdemeanor charges filed against the accused assailants when the alleged victim in the fight failed to show for the court proceedings.
Alex Simonson, Matt White and Preston Hodge had been charged with disorderly conduct after the Aug. 3 incident and only Simonson remains on the Mavericks’ roster. The incident reportedly started with the three players hurling racial slurs at Lamar Triplett.
The charge against Simonson, a senior forward, was dismissed Monday without prejudice after Triplett failed to show up and testify. The charge against Hodge was also was dismissed after Triplett missed an Oct. 16 hearing.
White plead guilty on Sept. 10 and was fined $75. He’s now in the ECHL with the Ontario Reign.
“I just look at it as they were punished enough and I’m glad it’s all over,” Triplett said in the article. “I didn’t even want [White and Hodge] kicked off the team and their scholarships taken away. I think it was just one of those things where the alcohol was doing the talking.”