Two MTSU football players are at the center of an investigation for animal cruelty, according to Murfreesboro Police records.
Red-shirt senior defensive end Justin Akins and junior linebacker Shalom Alvarez are being investigated after a video showed Alvarez hitting a puppy four times.
"The actions captured on this video are obviously disturbing," MTSU athletic director Chris Massaro said in the statement. "We welcome the inquiry by the Rutherford County Pet Adoption and Welfare Services.
"We have high expectations of conduct of our student-athletes. Coach (Rick) Stockstill has suspended these players until the inquiry is complete and they will perform community service to the benefit of local animal welfare efforts."