Brown Suspended for Indiana Game

Jonathan Brown
Jonathan Brown

Oct. 3, 2011

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois head coach Ron Zook has suspended sophomore linebacker Jonathan Brown for the Oct. 8 game at Indiana for his actions in Saturday's 38-35 victory over Northwestern.

"We are extremely disappointed by what happened on Saturday and Jonathan knows that," Zook said. "We don't condone that type of behavior in our program. I've talked to Jonathan and he understands that. He is a good person, a spiritual person, and no one feels worse about it than him. But he got caught up in the moment, made a serious mistake and must deal with the consequences."

"I apologize to my family, my teammates and the Illinois fans for letting them down," Brown said. "I also would like to apologize to the Northwestern team for my actions. What I did was out of character and won't happen again."

Brown has started four games for the Illini this season. He is tied for second on the team with 30 tackles, including 6.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.