CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia offensive lineman Brad
Butler was suspended for one game by the school for throwing a
chop-block in Saturday's loss to Boston College.
Butler will sit out Saturday's game against Florida State, the
university said in a statement Monday.
The play came after the whistle in the third quarter of the
Eagles' 28-17 win over Virginia on Saturday. Boston College's
Mathias Kiwanuka, who was the Big East defensive player of the year
last season, already was smarting from a sore ankle when Butler hit
him in the back of the knees.
BC defensive lineman Al Washington retaliated and was ejected;
BC linebacker Brian Toal hit Butler one play later and drew a
personal foul. Kiwanuka was ejected later in the third quarter for
trying to exact revenge.
"I've never been one to play outside of the rules," Butler
said in the statement. "I was not trying to hurt Mathias Kiwanuka.
I was engaged in blocking him because he is the type of player who
makes plays all over the field. I regret this event occurred and
have put the incident behind me."
In the statement, Virginia head coach Al Groh apologized to
Mathias and said Butler accepts responsibility for the incident.
"Football is the most intense and physical of all games," Groh
said. "Because it is so, all of us who have the privilege to
participate should have the utmost respect for the game itself and
for fellow players and coaches. On Saturday, Brad crossed the line
in adhering to that standard, and for that he must take
On Sunday, BC coach Tom O'Brien said Kiwanuka and Washington
would be allowed to play in Saturday's game against Wake Forest
despite being ejected.
But on Wednesday, Kiwanuka said it was "highly unlikely" he'll play.
Butler, a senior from Lynchburg, has started the last 31 games
as an offensive tackle.