CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami linebacker Ramon Buchanan is facing felony counts of resisting arrest and battery after allegedly spitting on and attempting to head butt a police officer, as well as three misdemeanor charges following an incident last week.
He has been suspended indefinitely by Hurricanes coach Al Golden, and was not on the team's latest depth chart released Tuesday.
Police said Buchanan, 21, caused a disturbance in a restaurant bathroom in the Coconut Grove section of Miami around 1:30 a.m. Friday. According to the police report, he was told to leave three times before being placed under arrest. Police said he "tensed his arms to evade arrest," then charged at officers and spat on one's palm before ultimately being placed on the ground.
"I'm a U.M. football player and I don't (care) what you do," Buchanan allegedly said, according to the police report. "I'll get out of it."
The Palm Beach Post first reported the suspension.
The charges against Buchanan were filed in Miami-Dade County Court on Friday. Buchanan was released pending an April 18 hearing.
"We are aware of Ramon's situation and we are disappointed," Golden said in a statement released by the university. "This is out of character for a young man who has been a positive influence in our program. He is contrite and apologetic for the situation and is currently taking the appropriate actions towards resolution."
Court records show Buchanan also faces misdemeanor charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.
Buchanan had 54 tackles in 13 games for Miami last season.