MTSU football players suspended after slapping puppy in shocking video

MTSU linebacker Shalom Alvarez is seen in the video slapping the crying puppy several times.

Middle Tennessee has suspended two football players indefinitely while they are being investigated by the Murfreesboro Police Department for animal cruelty after shocking video shows one of the players slappinga puppy.

WARNING: The video may be hard for some viewers to watch.

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The suspended players are MTSU linebacker Shalom Alvarez, who police sayrepeatedly hitthe puppy,and defensive lineman Justin Atkins, who police say shot the video.

The video was uploaded to Akins’ Snapchat with the comment“***** said you don’t pay rent.”

Middle Tennessee State head coach Rick Stockstill released a statement about the video:

"The actions captured on this video are obviously disturbing. We welcome the inquiry by the Rutherford County Pet Adoption and Welfare Services. We have high expectations of conduct of our student-athletes. Coach [Rick]Stockstill has suspended these players until the inquiry is complete and they will perform community service to the benefit of local animal welfare efforts."

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