Jeremiah Kose

A University of Montana football player received a six-month deferred sentence in Missoula Municipal Court for instigating a fight and striking another person at a house party early Friday morning.

Herbert Gamboa, a starting outside linebacker and senior on the team, also will not attend the Grizzlies' first preseason practice Tuesday. He pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

According to court documents, witnesses saw the 21-year-old challenging other people to a fight outside 1801 Maurice Ave. and saw him hit another person about 12:30 a.m. Friday.

"I was at a house party with a couple of friends and it just got a little rowdy," Gamboa told Municipal Court Judge Sam Warren.

Missoula Police Department spokesman Travis Welsh said Gamboa was the only person arrested in the incident and alcohol was a factor.

"I don't know what his level of intoxication was, but he was drinking alcohol," Welsh said.

Gamboa was then booked in the Missoula County jail by Missoula Police Officer Eric Weber at 1:34 a.m. About an hour later, Gamboa posted the $185 bond and was released.

In Municipal Court, Warren ordered Gamboa to pay a fine of $50 and a surcharge of $110 after informing the student-athlete he would receive a deferred sentence.

If he follows the court-ordered conditions, Gamboa will be able to clear the misdemeanor from his record after a period of time.

The maximum penalty for disorderly conduct is 10 days in jail and a $110 fine.

Gamboa was the second Griz football to be booked into the Missoula County jail last week.

Fellow linebacker Jeremiah P. Kose, 22, was arrested Wednesday at 7:40 p.m. for allegedly failing to appear in Municipal Court on three misdemeanor traffic violations. He was released after posting a $310 bond.

While Athletics Director Kent Haslam said Monday that Gamboa won't attend practice Tuesday, Kose will be allowed to do so.

Interim sports information director Eric Taber said he couldn't comment further on disciplinary actions the University of Montana would take against the players.

"There's nothing I can really tell you regarding that matter," Taber said. "It's a student-athlete code of conduct issue and it's still ongoing. So we really don't have any statements to make on that right now."

According to the student-athlete handbook, Gamboa also could face mandatory alcohol and drug testing, or suspension from team activities, among an array of other penalties.

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