Recently, a University of Pennsylvania football player surrendered to local
authorities after officials announced he was wanted on assault allegations. The
criminal charges followed an alleged altercation that also involved two other men. The
man has been arraigned and is out on bail.
According to police, the charges were filed after the 20-year-old allegedly
hit a man who supposedly attempted to prevent an escalating encounter
between the football player and another man. Police report that the man
was walking along a street off-campus when another student began shouting
taunts, including alleged racial insults. The one who was taunting the
football player is alleged to have then pushed him.
A third student, who is a member of a different team, then purportedly
tried to intervene in the escalating confrontation. Instead, the football
player supposedly punched the third man in the face. The man suffered
injury to his orbital bone and received treatment.
University of Pennsylvania officials announced that the man has been suspended
from the football team until the case has been resolved by the criminal
courts. Police are also investigating the actions of the second man in
this matter. The criminal charges he is facing include accusations of
simple assault and reckless endangerment of another person. He is entitled
to the presumption of innocence in this matter while he assembles his
strong refutation of the allegations. He and his defense counsel will
review the case and work to find the best resolution possible to these
charges in order to allow the young man to resume his life both on and
off the field.
Source: CBS Philly, "University Of Pennsylvania Football Player Facing Charges", Walt Hunter, Oct. 7, 2014