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Pitt suspends LB Gunn following arrest

Pitt senior linebacker Adam Gunn has been suspended from the football program following an arrest this past weekend.

Gunn, 22, faces misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and failure to disperse, as well as summary offenses of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness following an incident this past weekend.

He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday.

“On Monday morning I met with Adam Gunn to discuss his involvement in a weekend incident that occurred off campus,” Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt said in a statement released by the university. “At the conclusion of our discussion, I told Adam he would be suspended from our team pending the resolution of this matter.

<p"This incident is both surprising and disappointing. Adam has always been a strong representative of our program and his involvement in this type of situation is very out of character. However, he knows and respects the fact that every member of our team must be accountable for their actions."

Gunn graduated last April with a degree in communications and rhetoric and is working toward a master’s degree at Pitt’s graduate school of public and international affairs.

Pitt’s third-leading tackler in 2007, Gunn suffered a broken neck in the 2008 season opener against Bowling Green that later required surgery to fuse two vertebrae together. He was awarded a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and was moved from strong side to middle linebacker during spring drills.

Gunn is the latest Panthers player to get into trouble with the law. Senior receiver T.J. Porter was dismissed from the team last month after he was arrested in February for driving under the influence, his second such offense. Sophomore receiver Jonathan Baldwin faces a misdemeanor indecent assault charge, as well as a pair of summary offenses, for an incident involving a female student in April.

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