Illinois Football Players Released On Bond

March 4, 2007

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Two Illinois football players were released on bond after being charged with obstructing justice and possessing stolen property.

Jody Ellis and Derrick McPhearson posted $2,500 bail and were released from the Champaign County Jail Saturday, Sgt. Rhonda Tarr said Sunday. The two are to appear in court Monday.

Coach Ron Zook said Saturday the two sophomore wide receivers were suspended from the team for "alleged criminal activity."

"Our players understand how to act appropriately. So in light of their behavior, both have been suspended indefinitely," Zook said.

It was not immediately clear if Ellis and McPhearson had lawyers.

On Thursday, Illinois basketball player Rich McBride pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. In another case, basketball player Jamar Smith was charged after a crash that left teammate Brian Carlwell hospitalized for four days with a severe concussion. Smith has pleaded not guilty to DUI and leaving the scene of the Feb. 12 accident.



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