5 California players at nationally ranked college suspended after brutal assault

A nationally ranked college football team has forfeited an upcoming game and suspended five players after the young men were allegedly involved in a brutal assault.

Jonathan Barlow, D’Andre Dunkley, Corey Ford, Rodney Gillin Jr. and James Williamson, who all play for California University of Pennsylvania, were arrested after police claim they beat and stomped on a man outside an off-campus restaurant, then fled yelling ‘Football strong!’

The victim, Lewis Campbell, 30, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, was in intensive care Friday with severe brain trauma.

The university declared later Thursday that its Division II football team would forfeit Saturday’s game against Gannon University, jeopardizing its best season in three years, and suspend those arrested.

‘Behavior has consequences,’ the university’s interim president, Geraldine Jones, said in a statement.

Officers said they arrested the players at practice Thursday afternoon.

They are charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

Online court records didn’t list attorneys for the men, who remained jailed Friday because they were unable to post bail of $500,000 apiece.

The California football team has won seven of eight games this season and this week reached No. 19 in D2Football.com, its highest ranking since 2012. The team has two games scheduled after Saturday’s forfeit. It is unclear if they will be played.

The team took swift action Thursday to scrub its website of the arrested players, removing their names from the roster and deleting their biography pages.

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