Criminal assault and trespassing charges against two Arizona Wildcats football players won’t be pursued in court, and their suspension from the team will likely end quickly.
The case against defensive back Jourdon Grandon has been dismissed, and the lawyer for offensive tackle Fabbians Ebbele told the Star today that he anticipates the same happening for his client soon.
City prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss Ebbele’s charges on Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear in court again May 17.
“The case should be done,” said Skip Donau, Ebbele’s lawyer. “I haven’t seen the signed order yet, but I anticipate it any day now.”
Grandon, Ebbele and three other Wildcats players were arrested and charged following fights at a campus-area party March 2. The other three players were arrested on suspicion of trespassing.
Grandon and Ebbele were suspended for most of spring drills because of the pending charges, but are likely to be reinstated as soon as next week. Both players remained close to the program during their suspensions. They have been participating in voluntary workouts on campus for the last few weeks.
Ebbele is looking forward to formally rejoining the team, his lawyer said.
“The main consideration my client had is now he can get back to being part of the team full-time, and demonstrating that he has the full ability to play his position,” Donau said.
UA coach Rich Rodriguez is recruiting and out of town.