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CU football player charged with assault

One of the three University of Colorado football players suspended following brawling allegations was formally charged Thursday with second-degree assault causing bodily injury and criminal mischief.

Michael Sipili, 19, a sophomore inside linebacker from Hawaii, appeared with his attorney for the brief charging in Boulder County District Court. In a suit and tie, Sipili stood silent next to attorney Lou Rubino, who spoke only to schedule a preliminary hearing in the case for Sept. 6.

Neither Rubino or Sipili would comment after the court appearance.

Sipili was arrested Aug. 1 on suspicion of tackling and punching a 22-year-old CU student several times early June 16. He's been indefinitely suspended from the football squad.

Chris Perri, 20, a sophomore defensive tackle, also was suspended for the first three games of the season for his alleged involvement in the same June brawl. He's suspected of fighting with another CU football player, Taj Kaynor.

Kaynor, 21, a defensive tackle, has been suspended for one game.

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