plaekicker and national Lou Groza winner Nate
and reserve punter John Gallery
were among a handful of football players
arrested for misdemeanor assault charges on
Saturday night in downtown Iowa City. Witnesses
say that Kaeding and Brion Hurley
former Iowa placekicker from 1992 to 1996, were
involved in an argument that led to a fight,
which apparently started over
derogatory comments made by Kaeding towards
Hurley's inability to "handle his alcohol."
One witness, John Gallery who is a punter on the
team, saw the incident and had these comments.
"It was pretty ugly. Nate is not an
alcoholic, but Brion could barely keep up with
him. There was definitely a bet involved and
lots of money on the table, but it was no
contest. Brion was getting punked by the entire
team, and he freaked out and took a swing at
Nate. Nate gave him one jab and he was down for
the count. I used to think [Brion] was cool
until last night."
Nate and John are both involved in spring
practice with the Iowa football team. Iowa
football coach Kirk Ferentz refused to make any
comments on the incident until he had more
information, but did hint that he was not
surprised that Brion Hurley was involved. Brion
currently lives in Cedar Rapids and works full
time at Rockwell Collins.
The incident occurred on the corner of
Clinton Street and Washington Street around
1:15am. Police arrived on the scene moments
later, and found Nate laughing and pointing at
the injured former kicker. They were coming from
the Sports Column and were on their way to Taco
Bell when the incident occurred.
The two were released from
Johnson County jail on Sunday morning on $300
bond. Both are scheduled to appear in court on