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Nueces County Record Star
  • Player arrested for alleged assault

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  • Corpus Christi Hammerheads defensive lineman Elia Ibrahim was arrested Saturday for allegedly striking a referee during the team's game against the Abilene Ruff Riders.
    Ibrahim, who is listed on the team's roster as Eli Abraham, had been ejected from the game in the first quarter by referee Joel Hilliard prior to the altercation. He tried to return to the game in the second quarter, confronting Hilliard on the field and asking why he had been ejected, Robstown police said.
    Ibrahim then struck Hilliard on the left side of his face, police said, knocking the referee to the ground.
    It was unclear whether the strike was made with an open or closed fist. Players and coaches then had to physically restrain, then escort, Ibrahim to the team's locker room, where he was questioned and arrested by Robstown police.
    The incident came during a game that saw five players ejected and numerous scuffles break out on the field between the opposing teams.
    Calls to Hammerheads president Chad Dittman and head coach Roy Salas seeking comment were not returned as of Tuesday morning.
    It is unknown what action will be taken by the league or team regarding Ibrahim's status as a player for this or next season.
    Ibrahim was transported to the Nueces County Jail on one count of aggravated assault with bodily injury to a sports participant, a Class B Misdemeanor.
    He has since been released after paying a $1,000 bond.

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