Middle Tennessee State has suspended two football players who are being investigated by police for alleged animal cruelty.
A citizen contacted authorities after seeing a video posted on the Snapchat account of defensive lineman Justin Akinsin which linebacker Shalom Alvarez is purportedly seen striking a puppy four times, according to a Murfreesboro Police report dated April 7.
"The puppy yelps in pain with each strike," the report states, according to theDaily Journal News in Murfreesboro.
"The actions captured on this video are obviously disturbing," MTSUathletic director ChrisMassarosaid in a statement. "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."
Akinsplayed in all 13 games last season as a redshirt junior. The 6-4, 277-pound Georgia native recorded 27 tackles and led all linemen with four pass breakups.
Alvarez transferred from Georgia Military College as a redshirt junior last year, but did not see any playing time.