Breck Ruddick, the starting quarterback at Missouri State, was suspended for the entire football season after allegations that he shattered a dog’s jaw. According to PennLive, the University’s coach Dave Steckel stated on Monday, that the dog beating quarterback won’t be playing the rest of the season, however he will be back with his scholarship and in good standing next year.
On September 25, the school released a statement:
“It has recently come to the attention of head football coach Dave Steckel and Missouri State University that starting quarterback, Breck Ruddick, is accused of animal abuse. The University considers this to be a serious allegation and as such, has taken the following actions:
·Ruddick is suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.
·The office of student conduct is coordinating an investigation and will turn findings over to Athletics for team discipline and then will begin university disciplinary action if appropriate. The investigation is a top priority for the University and the football team. It will be prompt, thorough and fair.”
The disturbing event centered around the 6’3″, 200-pound quarterback who punched an Australian shepherd he had been watching. The dog was repeatedly hit so hard that his jaw was shattered and six of its teeth were either knocked out or broken.
How it must count to ignore animal cruelty allegations of this magnitude since Ruddick led the Bears to victory in two games; not to mention how Coach Steckel has a big list of hope for the quarterback in the 2018 season. It has not been revealed what special stipulations Steckel has laid upon Ruddick to encourage better behavior, but Coach Steckel says he has been praying for his star and even reading him Bible quotes.
Below is the Facebook post which started the disturbing social media outrage against Ruddick. Posted by Shelby Filbeck, a student at the school, on September 23, the photos of the injured dog were enough to break anyone’s heart:
“This is not my dog, but this story deserves to be heard. Earlier this week one of my close friends left her adorable sweet loving dog with Breck Ruddick. This was someone she trusted, this was a guy who has watched her dog before and who she has spent a good amount of time with as friends. She never thought leaving her 42 pound Australian Shepherd with Breck, a 200+ pound MSU football player, would lead to this. Never once did she, nor anyone else for that matter, believe that Breck could get so upset with this sweet dog that he would hit him in the jaw, not just once but three times. After “losing his cool” and hitting poor Luca he led him outside and let him run off, all alone and bleeding profusely. Breck told Katie that “Luca had ran off” leaving out the part about him beating the crap out of Luca. She spent the whole night looking for her dog. The next day a girl saw Katie’s post on Facebook and explained that she had found Luca in a parking lot covered in blood. The girl was nice enough to take him home and attempted to clean him up. When he was returned to Katie, the next day, he was STILL bleeding. He was then rushed over to the vet where they found that his jaw had been broken and he would need surgery. The next day Luca went in for surgery where it was found that his jaw bones were shattered (not just broken), he had to have 6 teeth pulled, which will be permanently gone forever and they had to keep him at the vets for two days instead of one. He can no longer eat solid food and will have to be on an oatmeal based diet. That’s when the vet explained to Katie that Luca had to have been hit more than once, with literally all of Breck’s force or with some other object, because the trauma was so extensive it could not have been from one single punch.
This story makes me sick to my stomach, I love my own dog more than anything in the world and I can’t even imagine what Katie is going through. No animal deserves to be treated this way, and no human should be capable of hurting a defenseless animal to this extent. Breck was careless and insensitive. He needs help and his actions need to be accounted for. The pictures below show how much pain Luca has went through and how his life will be forever altered by one heartless person. Please pray for this sweet dog and his owner.”
According to the Ozark Sport Zone, Breck has admitted to the actions and has apologized to the team and the school. Animal Control of Springfield-Greene County Health Department cited Ruddick for animal cruelty and letting a dog run at large. The case is still ongoing by the municipal prosecutor.
On Monday, Shelby added to her Facebook page; directed at the school, the dog beating quarterback and perhaps honing in on Coach Steckel?
“I really wish athletes were treated the same as other students, but you can’t change the system. If this were any other student at MSU they would be kicked off campus, but instead he gets a slap on the wrist. One day he’ll have to answer to a much higher power, who I pray isn’t quite so lenient.”
Actions like this definitely makes one think doesn’t it? Dog beating quarterbacks just receive slaps on the wrists?
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