Cal player suspended from football team after arrest

Cal has suspended a football player who was arrested Thursday. Berkeley police say 20-year-old Damariay Drew punched a man and kicked his dog on campus Tuesday. It happened on Bancroft Way in the south campus area and police say the man was seriously injured.

Drew, number 27, is a sophomore and plays strong safety. He graduated from Livermore High School in 2012.

The athletics department issued a statement saying they are tracking the case and cooperating fully with the Berkeley Police Department. Drew has been suspended indefinitely from the team, pending further investigation.

"It was reported that the incident occurred during a fundraising event, so there were students in the area for that event," said Berkeley police Ofc. Jamie Lucero.

Berkeley track athlete Khala Taylor is a good friend of Drew and said, "I'm just really shocked actually to actually find out that you know that he's in jail. That's crazy." Taylor said the incident doesn't sound like the friend she knows and said she thought Drew is a great person.

"I honestly think we just have to be careful as student athletes and what we do because honestly we're under a microscope all the time," Taylor added.

The Cal football program has had problems with players before. Just last year, two team members got into a locker room fight that sent one player to the hospital.
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