Charges reduced in Bumphis plea

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Chad Bumphis hopes to have a clean record very soon.
The Mississippi State receiver was in Tupelo Municipal Court on Tuesday to enter a plea of failure to comply, stemming from his Jan. 1 arrest outside a downtown bar. A charge of public drunkenness was retired during the bench trial, and a disorderly conduct charge was changed to the lesser charge of failure to comply.
Bumphis, 22, was fined $234, and his attorney will enter a motion to have Bumphis’ record expunged. The attorney, Rob Laher, expects for that to happen within the next six months.
A team spokesman said that Bumphis’ team discipline has been handled internally.
A former Tupelo High School standout, Bumphis was at a New Year’s party at the Atlanta Bar amp& Grill when an unknown assailant struck him in the neck with a champagne bottle. Bumphis became upset, went outside the bar, and was arrested after officers could not get him to calm down.
“The police happened upon him when he was upset, as anyone would be, and they caught him at his worst,” Laher said.
Bumphis suffered a laceration on his neck and a broken tooth.
He originally pleaded not guilty to the two original charges, but the disorderly conduct charge was changed because while Bumphis failed to obey officers, he was not found to have disturbed the peace.
City prosecutor Richard Babb said he was satisfied with the plea bargain.
In three years at MSU, Bumphis has caught 101 passes for 1,348 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had 25 catches for 339 yards and three TDs last year.
brad.locke@journalinc.com