Players who 'assaulted' Palestinians case dropped

Prosecutors dropped charges Wednesday against six North Carolina college football players accused of assaulting three Palestinian students and using ethnic slurs during a campus fight. Witness statements from nearly 30 people, including the Palestinian students, give a "confusing picture" of what happened and showed the fight at Guilford College was not about ethnic intimidation, Guilford County Assistant District Attorney Howard Neumann said. All six players had faced misdemeanor assault charges, while five had been charged with ethnic intimidation, also a misdemeanor, Neumann said. None would have faced jail time if convicted. The Palestinian students told a magistrate judge they were taunted with racial slurs and called terrorists as they were beaten and kicked during a Jan. 20 fight on campus, according to court papers. Two of the students attend Guilford College, and the third attends North Carolina State University in Raleigh.