Gophers football player kicked off team after assault charge

The teenager was charged with assaulting a police officer.
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A Gophers football player has been kicked off the team after he was charged with assaulting a police officer.

Maxwell Janes, 18, was arrested on felony charges following an alleged drunken assault in the early hours of Friday, Feb. 8 in downtown Minneapolis.

According to a criminal complaint, a Minneapolis police officer found him trying to break into to the Post Office at 1st Street South and Hennepin Avenue through the loading dock.

He appeared intoxicated and was "substantially underdressed" for the temperatures. 

Officers took him into their squad car, at which time he said he needed to vomit. But as they opened the door for him, Janes punched one of the officers in the face.

He has been charged with 4th-degree assault.

According to his Gophers profile, Janes is a native of Shoreview who attended Mounds View High School. He is listed as a 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end who played 13 games on special teams as a true freshman last season.

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But the Pioneer Press reports he's now been kicked off the team, with Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck calling his alleged actions "completely unacceptable."

"We have extremely high standards for members of our team and when those standards are not met there are consequences," he said.

"Law enforcement officers speak to our team and educate them multiple times a year, and we greatly appreciate those who protect and serve us on a daily basis."

Janes' attorney Ryan Pacyga told FOX 9 his client is "deeply apologetic" and is seeking to make amends for his actions.

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