Ferri charged with assault, resisting arrest after fight

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Syracuse University football player has been charged with assault and resisting arrest after breaking a man's nose in a fight over the weekend.

Diamond Ferri, the starting strong safety for the Orange, was involved in a fight early Saturday morning in Armory Square, a downtown district of bars and restaurants, police said.

According to police, Ferri, 22, struggled with police officers and had to be physically subdued. As Ferri, a 5-10, 218-pound senior, was being led to a police car, one of his friends -- 23-year-old Patrick Cotton of Syracuse allegedly jumped on officers to try to help Ferri.

Cotton was charged with assault, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

Ferri and Cotton are accused of assaulting two 24-year-old men. Ferri was released on his own recognizance.