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Kevin Cole, World-Herald -- Three UNO hockey players face disorderly conduct allegations after they allegedly spouted racial slurs and got into a fight in the Old Market.
Matt White, 25, Alex Simonson, 23, and Preston Hodge, 21, all members of the University of Nebraska at Omaha hockey team, were each ticketed Aug. 3 on suspicion of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.
Lamar Triplett, 26, of Omaha, who got into a confrontation with the players, was ticketed on suspicion of misdemeanor assault.
“I don't know why I got a citation because I was just trying to defend myself that night,” Triplett said in an interview. “It was a crazy situation. It was the most random situation I have ever been in.”
City Prosecutor David Smallheiser said the men have not been formally charged and have court appearances scheduled in September.
Omaha police were called to a parking lot at 10th and Harney Streets about 2 a.m. to investigate a disturbance.
Witnesses told police that the hockey players had been harassing a small group of African-Americans with racial slurs and epithets.