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Justin Akins


The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders dismissed football players Justin Akins and Shalom Alvarez from the team on Friday afternoon following accusations of animal cruelty stemming from Akins’ Snapchat of Alvarez abusing a dog. Akins played 13 games this past season and was tied for 13th on the team with 27 tackles. Alvarez joined the team last season, but …

Photo by Brent Beerends / MT Athletic Communications Update at 1:16 p.m.: MTSU Athletics Director Chris Massaro released the following statement about the incident: The actions captured on this video are obviously disturbing. We welcome the inquiry by the Rutherford County Pet Adoption and Welfare Services. We have high expectations of conduct of our student-athletes. …

Two MTSU students were arrested Thursday at approximately 7:30 p.m. for evading and resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a schedule VI narcotic at Raiders Ridge Apartments in Murfreesboro. An officer was conducting a courtesy room check at the apartment complex and spotted the two students, Jaidarius Temple and Justin Akins, both …