UA continuing investigation of Sanders, Stewart

By Craig Sanders

Arizona Daily Wildcat

An investigation into the conduct of three UA football players who were sought for questioning in two separate shooting incidents over the weekend of Nov. 17-19 is continuing. However, no new information is available, Athletic Director Jim Livengood said yesterday.

"There is no information now that is different from last week," Livengood said. "We're still going through an investigation; that hasn't stopped because they are no longer playing."

Livengood said that the University of Arizona is continuing to investigate the actions of senior strong safety Brandon Sanders, 22, junior cornerback Derrick Stewart, 23, and sophomore wide receiver Jeff Nadeau, 21, and that the results of the investigation are being turned over to Tucson police.

Livengood said Nadeau, who did not play in Arizona's 31-28 win over Arizona State Nov. 24, was suspended for violating team rules and that it had nothing to do with the investigation.

Livengood also said that one player has been questioned by police, but that he could not name him because of the Freedom of Information Act.

Nadeau was identified by an unnamed witness as having been among three men, one of whom fired shots into the air before pistol whipping a man in the parking lot of Los Betos restaurant, 3680 E. Grant Road on the night of Friday, Nov. 17.

In a separate incident, Sanders was identified by the driver and passenger as the gunman who shot at their car near North Ninth Avenue and East Elm Street Nov. 19 at the Paragon Nightclub, 144 W. Lester St., according to preliminary police reports. The reports show that one of the victims reported seeing Stewart and Sanders together before the shooting.

"We are not in any way trying to condone, justify, rationalize any type of misbehavior," Livengood told KVOA-TV Channel 4 last night. "But we can't do anything until we know that the behavior that has been alluded to has been charged, so to speak, or that our young people are guilty."

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