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Martesse Patterson Arrested on Battery Charges

The mystery surrounding Purdue’s starting left tackle has been solved.

NCAA Football: Purdue at Iowa Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Well, now we know why Martesse Patterson was out for “personal reasons” against Nevada:

Purdue sophomore offensive tackle Martesse Patterson, from Columbus, Ohio, was arrested Wednesday morning for a battery charge that occurred Sept. 7, according to court documents. West Lafayette police investigated the incident.

A no contact order has been issued, as well as a bail set at $10,000 surety or $1,000 cash.

This is deeply troubling because Patterson was not out for “personal reasons” until the Nevada game. that means this incident has been covered up for 3 weeks now, and he still played in a game afterwards.

Yes, that’s right. he has been going around for three weeks on an investigated battery incident and wasn’t even arrested until today. He also played on September 10th against Cincinnati. If you ask me, that is absurd, but I admittedly don’t know the full legal process.

UPDATE: With the new details it appears that Hazell did not know until after the Cincinnati game. Those details released are as follows:

According to the probable cause affidavit, Patterson went to his roommate’s bedroom and asked to borrow some property from his roommate, who said he was not allowed to borrow it. Patterson took it anyway and returned to his bedroom. When the roommate approached Patterson about getting his item back, court documents state Patterson punched his roommate in the face.

The victim sought treatment in Indianapolis and suffered a broken jaw requiring surgery and a two-day hospital stay. Medical records state the victim suffered a displaced fracture of the left mandible and a nondisplaced fracture of the right mandible.

More than one week after the incident, West Lafayette police spoke with Patterson who admitted to taking his roommate’s property and striking him.

Petterson is now definitely out for this week against Maryland and probably stands a good chance of getting kicked off the team. Jalen Neal likely moves into his starting left tackle spot.

UPDATE #2: The victim involved is former teammate and special teams ace walk-on Alex Hilger, who was not playing this season. This part, I don’t like, however:

Patterson did not attend Purdue's 24-14 victory over Nevada on Sunday, nor was he at practice on Tuesday. When asked Tuesday if he expected Patterson to play again this season, Hazell said, "Absolutely. That's the plan."