University of Montana Grizzlies linebacker Brian Maus is back on the football team after pleading no contest Wednesday to an amended charge of negligent endangerment in a crash on Hillview Way.

Maus originally was charged with drunken driving and other misdemeanors after the accident on Feb. 26, when the Ford pickup he was driving rolled. He was immediately suspended from the team under the Student Athlete Code of Conduct.

“Brian has been reinstated to both the football and track teams,” UM interim athletic director Jean Gee said Wednesday. “He was withheld from both spring football and the track season while he worked through the legal issues. The Athletic Conduct Team within the Student Athlete Conduct Code felt those withholdings were sufficient for the offenses.”

Maus’ reinstatement to the team comes one day after starting quarterback Jordan Johnson was dismissed from the team after being charged in a rape case.

Maus’ attorney, Paul Ryan, has said that his client admitted having a couple of beers four or five hours before the accident, but wasn’t drunk.

Police said Maus gave them a false name and information after the February crash.

Ryan attributed that behavior to a concussion and slight skull fracture Maus suffered in the crash.

At Maus’ court hearing Wednesday, a charge of obstructing a police officer was amended to possessing fake identification. The court dismissed misdemeanor charges of careless driving, misrepresenting his age or producing false identification to purchase alcohol and failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of an address change.

Maus received a one-year deferred sentence on the negligent endangerment charge, as well as a $1,000 fine, with $500 of that suspended.

He was ordered to pay a $500 fine for refusing to take a breath or alcohol test. The fake ID netted him six months in jail, all suspended, and a $500 fine with $400 suspended. And, he was ordered to pay a $100 fine on the charge of unlawfully possessing an intoxicating substance under the age of 21.

Maus also must pay $327 in surcharges and $50 for the cost of prosecution, and perform 40 hours of community service and complete a substance abuse course.

For his community service, Maus will visit every middle school and high school in Missoula County to talk about the dangers of underage drinking and driving, Ryan said. “I think there will be some benefit for the community,” he said.

The deferred sentence means Maus’ record will be wiped clean if he stays out of trouble for a year.

Reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, gwen.florio@missoulian.com or @CopsAndCourts on Twitter.

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dryflygrizzly
dryflygrizzly

Thats "coddling" and "statements" for those of you like myself who forget to spell check....or are finally so goaded into action that they forget to proofread! Im sure "Duane" will blame my Montana public education. Its just that I have read this stuff lor months and if people are convicted of sexual assualt crimes, then shame on them. But shame on the people who post for the public to read even though they are so full of unmitigated and uneducated anger! I do hope those folks are not my neighbors.

dryflygrizzly
dryflygrizzly

Coddlibg from the pathetic griz nation??? Your comments are so generic and angry that they lose all relevance. Im guessing most readers agree. This is not a vote of support for the young man and his actions before the accident. But you cannot make blanket syayements like you just did "Duane" and expect to be taken seriously! The VAST majority of griz nation are self respecting, law abiding people who wish to see quality student athletes....on and off the field.Either you are not from Msla and despise it here (you should leave), OR are from here and have no grasp of responsible community pride and support (you should leave). Try New Jersey.

Duane
Duane

My comments are only angry to the pathetic ones of the Griz nation. Missoula is a dump and most people on this side of the state would be more than happy see it go away. I was born and raised in the working part of the state of Montana. But do not let that distract you from protesting, running jobs out of town, cheering and defending gangbangers, rapists, DUI, etc that are Griz athletes, having bums use downtown as their own personal toilet. Would you like me to go on about your so called responsible community pride and support ? Where I live we have no law enforcement living here, nobody locks doors, we take care of ourselves and help each other. So try again with your typical Missoula Liberal attitude.

Duane
Duane

If he had a fractured skull and a concussion how is he allowed to play football ? With all the awareness with brain damage from concussions he should not be cleared to play. He was drunk and the only lesson learned is he got away with driving drunk. But I am sure he will be fine with a large amount of coddling from the pathetic Griz nation.

BobbyB
BobbyB

Maus is probably not a bad kid, but negligent endangerment, fake ID, refusal to breath or alcohol test, and unlawful possession of alcohol deserves more consequences than a slap on the wrist and a welcome back to the Griz team. It’s pretty obvious at this point that Engstrom, Gee, and Delaney haven’t learned a thing. So while thousands of good kids go into debt, along with their parents, to obtain an education; this guy gets a free ride even after he’s proven that he doesn’t deserve it? I’ve been an avid Griz fan for a long time, but a guy has to draw the line somewhere and this is it. For all I care they can use Washington Stadium for tractor pull competition for the next year, or until such time they start to infuse some integrity and character back into the program.

Been There
Been There

If the young man wasn't drinking, why did he refuse to take a breathalizer test? In all of Montana there is too much tolerance for drinking and driving. I doubt the sentence he received is going to reinforce the lesson--don't drink and drive. More than one individual in Montana has been arrested 6, 7, 8 times for drunk driving. Nothing but a slap on the wrist usually happens. If you want that, fine. I don't. I have to meet some of these persons on the road.

Zula man
Zula man

New coach but S.O.S. with the Grizzlies. UM still isn't holding players accountable for endangering the public.

Tiger
Tiger

Where is the evidence that this kid was drunk?? Wreck and he admitted to some alcohol, but so what. It's legal in this State to drink and drive, you just can't be intoxicated. Wrecks happen every single day, doesn't mean the person responsible was drunk. Have you driven that road where he wrecked? It's a joke. The city should be held responsible. Maybe that's why they gave him this sweet heart deal. Maybe the school kids will listen and learn from Mr. Maus, and if one of them learns anything, I would call it a success. I think this sounds like one of the better resolutions of a case in a long time.

Buzz Feedback
Buzz Feedback

The prescription in your maroon-and-silver colored glasses must be powerful.

Mr. Maus was 20 years old at the time of the incident.

Been There
Been There

The drinking and driving thing is, to me, the most important part of this story. I don't care if the kid was a football player or Joe Schmo off the campus or anywhere else. Montana has one of the highest statistics in the United States for people killed by drunk drivers. The sentence this young man received failed to recognize the seriousness of his offense. Somewhere, law enforcement, judges, parents if appropriate, or whoever deals with this, need to begin to reinforce the concept that drinking and driving is, at least in Montana, is not tolerated and is downright dangerous. It could cost someone his/her life.

Annie O
Annie O

If the U of M would provide hookers for the team they wouldn't be going after women at parties.

walter12
walter12

Wow, there sure are some strange people in this town. Some of the above comments are downright weird. But why is there so much hate in this town for UM football players?

UMalumnus
UMalumnus

Some of you have some serious issues. Both sides reached a deal in this case. And since none of us was there or involved in what happened, we don't know all the details nor should we.

I guarantee things like this happen in towns big and small all over the country every day. Luckily no one was seriously hurt and hopefully those involved learn something and because of the agreement, some good comes out of it.

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Tracker
Tracker

SWAT entered your home 17 times?

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UMalumnus
UMalumnus

We're learning more and more about your personal grudge against well everyone it seems.

Buzz Feedback
Buzz Feedback

Coach Delaney: “We don't have the time or resources to chase around guys that don't do the right things.”

Looks like you do.

Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson

Smaller charges are often dropped when one pleads to the central charge. Deferred imposition of sentence is the usual sentence for a first-time non-violent defender. He didn't get special treatment.

UMalumnus
UMalumnus

What is left out of his article is an important piece from another Missoulian article.

"A concussion also could explain Brian Maus’ behavior immediately after the incident." This could be why the charges were changed.

Also every college student or anyone who has ever been in college has had a fake ID.

history
history

"Every college student," UMalumnus? Please show me these factual statistics. I believe there might be one or two, perhaps hundreds, over the course of history who don't fit into your gross generalizations and absolutes.

It is also fairly obvious that you are the illustrious "2003GrizFan" who has simply changed your "pen name." Your obsessive fixation on the "Griz" issues and writing style are the same, as well as your defensiveness, abuse of others whose opinions differ from your own, and your exaggeration of facts. (Again, "Every College student?") Many of us have wondered what suddenly happened to you, "GrizFan." Your lack of credibility on this post has not changed despite the change of name. Buts thanks for the continued entertainment.

Look up the concept of Civil Discourse. Then practice it regularly.

hellgatenights
hellgatenights

This would not have been nearly the big issue if morons had not raised the drinking age to 21. Dumb law.......put it back to 18

Buldog
Buldog

Driving under the influence is illegal at any age. Who is the moron now?

Buldog
Buldog

The morons are the ones who think they are entitled to drive under the influence no matter what age they are.

Pistol
Pistol

No to 19! To many 18 year olds still in high school. I was high school teacher when 18 was legal, and we had problems with some going to the local tavern for lunch. Burger and a beer!

familytruckster
familytruckster

This is appalling. Another reflection of the attitude towards these athletes as the unannointed, de facto royalty in this town.

Bittersweet
Bittersweet

Huh what familytruckster? The kid cracked his noggin. Would you rather it go to trial on our $ (well mine at least, not sure of yours) and he be found not guilty, or at the most guilty to what he pled no contest to?

sportscaster
sportscaster

Don't ever show up at a Griz practice and get into an accident or get a DUI or something. The Missoulian will list you as a former Griz football player. This guy barely passed through as a walk-on and was "scarred" for life!

Sukey
Sukey

"This guy" obstructed justice by giving the cops false Id. "This guy" drove drunk, got in an accident, and refused a breathalyzer test. "This guy" was guilty of underage drinking. "This guy" is NOT someone I would want my granddaughters to date. "This guy" got preferential treatment other kids don't get. "This guy" is an athlete and they seem to have all sins forgiven and all problems resolved by their Coaches.

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