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Suspended Terps WR Levern Jacobs found not guilty of second-degree assault

Terps wide receiver Levern Jacobs.
Terps wide receiver Levern Jacobs. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)

Maryland wide receiver Levern Jacobs was found not guilty Monday of second-degree assault stemming from an incident over the summer, according to court records.

Jacobs was charged in August and later suspended for the season by Maryland after he was involved in an altercation in July. However, the court determined that Jacobs acted in self-defense, Jacobs' father told The Baltimore Sun.

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"Both of the plaintiffs, the alleged victims, both were intoxicated, out celebrating the gentleman who pressed charges against my son's birthday," said Jacobs' father, Levern Jacobs Jr. "They had been to multiple bars. The guy said he had four beers and two or three shots, and my son didn't say anything to the guy's girlfriend [as was alleged]. But he specifically targeted my son with the aggression in both instances.

"So they had an altercation. The guy pushed my son. He pushed him back. Another football player that knows the victim broke it up and escorted him up the street and told him to move on and that it's not worth it.

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"So the guy walks off and then comes back down, and that's when the altercation took place. The judge heard both sides and based his judgment on what he heard. … We're just glad because at the end of the day we want to clear my son's name."

While happy about the outcome Monday, Jacobs Jr. remains disappointed in Maryland for suspending his son for the entire season and said he plans to pursue legal action against the university.

The university made the decision to suspend Jacobs for the entire season, not the football program.

Jacobs, who had 47 catches for 640 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore last year, was set to be one of the Terps' three starting wide receivers before the suspension.

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"They pretty much based their judgment on this guy's word as opposed to actually gathering the facts, and my son was impacted," Jacobs Jr. said. "I'm big on accountability. So at this juncture, we're happy with the verdict and the outcome, but my main point now is going after the university for the fact that they acted prematurely without actually having the facts."

Jacobs is eligible to return to the Terps next season. He has been named Maryland's offensive scout team player of the week in each of the last two weeks.

"He's learned from this situation," Jacobs Jr. said, "and he's definitely grown."

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