Razorbacks dismiss Fairchild following arrest on misdemeanor charges

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Freddie Fairchild, the Arkansas linebacker arrested in March on misdemeanor charges of battery and false imprisonment, has been dismissed from the football team, coach Bobby Petrino said Wednesday.

Petrino suspended Fairchild the day after his March 24 arrest by Fayetteville police following a report by a woman that he had attacked her.

"Freddie Fairchild has been dismissed from our football team," Petrino said in a statement. "Since his suspension last March, he has not participated in team activities. As his status with our team has been resolved, we will make no further comment regarding this matter."

A preliminary probable-cause statement from a Fayetteville police detective said that Fairchild caused injuries to the woman's "head, face, extremities and pelvis" and that "he would not allow her to leave for several hours."

Fairchild had been in a "domestic relationship with the women intermittently for over a year," the statement said.

Fairchild pleaded not guilty to the charges in Fayetteville District Court. A trial is scheduled for June 18.

The 21-year-old junior started 11 games last season as a redshirt sophomore. He led the Razorbacks with 4.5 sacks. He also forced one fumble, recovered one and was third on the team with 92 tackles.