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Football: Cal freshman says he sustained major concussion in altercation with teammate

Cal freshman Fabiano Hale said he suffered a major concussion and needed stitches in his ear after an altercation with a football teammate that landed him in the hospital overnight and prompted an investigation by UC Berkeley police.

“I have a headache still. I feel like crap,” Hale told the Santa Cruz Sentinel, his hometown newspaper.

A walkon running back from Soquel High, Hale said he is recovering at home and plans to return to school on Monday.

Cal athletics in a statement said it is cooperating with a police investigation into the incident last Friday at the Simpson Center training facility, but would not have further comment until the matter is resolved.

Hale declined to answer most questions, including what prompted the exchange, who else was involved and which party was the aggressor. He said he was advised not to comment because the investigation is ongoing.

Hale did say he does not remember being taken to the hospital.

“I don’t know what my emotions are,” he said. “I’m focusing on getting better and getting my head right so I can focus in school.”

Hale, 18, has not played in a game for the Bears this season.

Jeff Faraudo