Suspended UNC players facing charges

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora announced Thursday night that cornerbacks M.J. Stewart and Mike Hughes are facing indefinite suspensions following a violation of team rules. Both players are now facing charges following an Oct. 4 altercation.

Hughes, a true freshman who saw action in the Tar Heels’ first five games this season, was arrested on a warrant Thursday night and is charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury. Hughes was released Thursday on $1,000 bond and will appear in court on Friday.

According to Stewart’s police report, the sophomore turned himself to Chapel Hill police on Thursday and is charged with assault and battery, also a misdemeanor. He was released on $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 22.

The suspension is Stewart’s second. As a freshman last season, he was one of four players held out of UNC’s opener against Liberty following an incident that left a teammate injured.

Stewart is tied for first in the ACC in interceptions with three.