Ex-Nebraska Running Back Thunder Collins Arrested
Former University of Nebraska running back Thunder Collins was arrested today in connection with a shooting that killed one man and left another seriously injured. An arrest warrant accuses the former Huskers star of first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and one count of use of a weapon to commit a felony. Another suspect Karnell Burton was also arrested in connection with the shooting.
Today's arrest is not Collins' first brush with the law.
The 29-year-old Collins played for the Cornhuskers from 2000-02. He quit the team after being suspended four games for an undisclosed NCAA rules violation. He has had a string of run-ins with the law since.
In 2006, he received 10 days in jail for obstructing an Omaha police officer. Witnesses said Collins had been involved in a shooting, and police found marijuana in his pocket.
In 2003, he was acquitted of assault and burglary charges in Oregon over his alleged confrontation with an Oregon State football player and Collins' ex-girlfriend.
In 2002, Collins pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace in Lincoln.