Sports | 11:03 pm | August 5, 2012 | By Gavan Gideon

McHale’s ’13 football captaincy suspended

Yale football captain Will McHale ’13 had his captaincy suspended Saturday due to a fight he had in May with another male student.

McHale, who was arrested May 15 by Yale Police, faces a charge of creating a public disturbance, an infraction. He has not yet entered a plea, and is due to appear in court on Friday.

A Saturday press release by Yale Athletics announced that McHale requested the suspension.

“Will made a poor decision and his actions are unacceptable to Yale and our football program,” Head Coach Tony Reno said in the Yale Athletics statement. “He remains an important part of our team, and I fully expect him to work to restore his credibility in the Yale community while remaining a leader on and off the field.”

In the release, McHale said he hoped to put the matter behind him and “regain the trust and confidence that comes with being a member of the Yale football team.”

McHale was elected as the 135th captain of the Yale football team Nov. 17 in a unanimous vote by his teammates. He has 133 career tackles and was second-team all-Ivy in 2011.

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