Back in February, Boise State kicked defensive tackle Dereck Boles off the squad for violating team rules. A couple months later, we now know what Boles was guilty of, and “violating team rules” is certainly putting it lightly.
According to the Idaho Statesman, Boles was charged with “felony mayhem” this month after biting a teammate’s ear so viciously that part of it tore off:
Boles was charged by the Boise Police Department for felony mayhem after a Feb. 12 incident in which he allegedly was in a physical altercation with another male at an East End residence, biting him on the ear and tearing a portion of it off. The man who was allegedly bitten was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. A Boise State source said he is a current player on the team.
Suffice it to say, throwing some punches probably would’ve been the way to go here — not going after the ear via mouth.
And in case you’re wondering what the hell felony mayhem entails:
“Every person who unlawfully and maliciously deprives a human being of a member of his body, or disables, disfigures or renders it useless, or cuts out or disables the tongue, puts out an eye, slits the nose, ear or lip, is guilty of mayhem.” The maximum punishment is 14 years in state prison.