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Charges filed against Fresno State QB Zack Greenlee, 2 other athletes after party

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Zack Greenlee
Zack Greenlee Fresno Police Department

The Fresno County District Attorney’s office has filed charges against three Fresno State student-athletes arrested Sept. 20 during a house party near the campus.

Zack Greenlee, the 20-year-old starting quarterback for Fresno State’s football team, was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor, a misdemeanor. Brandon Hughes, a 21-year-old linebacker, was charged with obstructing a police officer.

Fanny Johansson, a 23-year-old captain for the women’s soccer team, will face a misdemeanor public intoxication charge.

The charges stem from arrests made while breaking up a loud house party on North Bond Avenue.

All three athletes served one-game suspensions.

Bulldogs football coach Tim DeRuyter said Tuesday that unless new information comes up Greenlee and Hughes are in good standing with the team.

“We respect the process and will withhold comment until the judicial process runs its course,” DeRuyter said. “Unless there’s more information that becomes available, those guys have taken care of their responsibilities to our football program and paid their due back and then we’ll wait to see the outcome of the case.”

Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said officers saw Greenlee drinking from a beer bottle. He later refused to hand over a beverage in a red cup. He did not take a breathalyzer test.

Hughes, who was not drinking, was with Greenlee and refused to leave when ordered to do so by officers, Dyer said. Hughes was keeping officers from doing their job and had to be physically restrained, Dyer added.

Johansson also refused to leave the party and was “very verbally abusive” to officers. Her blood alcohol content was 0.136; the legal driving limit is 0.08.

If convicted, the athletes each face up to one year in jail.

“We’re going to go through the whole process now and until we get it all figured out, I can’t really say much more than that,” Hughes said. “We respect the legal process. We’re just going to go through it and then take it as it comes.”

Greenlee said he’s focused on football and “we’re going to move on from there.”

“Whenever you step on the field,” he added, “it’s all about football. No matter what it is, the homework we know we have after, all the social life, all of that, it has to be drowned out when you step on the football field and that’s included.”

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