5 Rutgers players suspended after alleged attack on and jaw break of 19-year-old student

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Five current Rutgers University football players were suspended from the team on Thursday, after being charged in connection to an April assault that left a fellow student with a broken jaw.

According to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, players Andre Boggs, 20; Ruhann Peele, 20; Nadir Barnwell, 20; Razohnn Gross, 20; and Delon Stephenson, 22; attacked a group of at least four on a street near the school’s New Brunswick, New Jersey campus on  April 25, 2015.

Police say a 19-year-old Rutgers student was one of the victims of the allegedly unprovoked attack, and suffered a broken jaw.

The five players and former Rutgers student Tejay Johnson, 23, now face charges of aggravated assault, riot and conspiracy to commit a riot. Delon’s brother Daryl Stephenson, a 23-year-old former Rutgers student, has also been implicated in the attack but remains at large.

Cornerback Andre Boggs faces additional charges for his part in connection to a string of home invasions in the area this past spring.

Authorities say Boggs and Johnson forced their way into a New Brunswick home on April 27, armed with a bat and knife, where they proceeded to steal approximately $900 and an undisclosed amount of marijuana from a student.

And on May 5, prosecutors say they pulled the same trick again to break into a dorm room in Piscataway.

The duo was forced to flee empty-handed that time though, when the students locked themselves behind a door in the room.

Boggs faces charges of robbery, burglary while armed, conspiracy to commit an armed robbery, and attempted burglary while armed for those break-ins.

The charges against the five football players came just hours after Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood gave a press conference, insuring that he would be with the team at their opening game against Norfolk State on Saturday.

Flood is currently under investigation by the university, after it was revealed he contacted one of Barnwell’s professors last spring, after the 20-year-old cornerback was deemed academically ineligible to participate in sports.

‘I have no reason to believe I won’t be coaching on Saturday,’ Flood said.

Flood refused to speculate on whether he would be disciplined, saying he’ll be respectful the process. He also wouldn’t say whether he had a contingency plan for who would coach the team if he was suspended or fired.

‘It’s not something we do as a coaching staff. I have a very talented coaching staff, so I have guys that have been head coaches. But again, I will be coaching the game on Saturday,’ Flood said.

Flood said he doesn’t think the investigation has been a distraction for his team.

‘I feel right now this has brought the team closer together,’ Flood said. ‘I feel good about where the team is at mentally. Ultimately, we’re going to find out Saturday at 12 noon.’

Flood is entering his fourth season as head coach and his 11th overall at the university. He’s 23-16, taking the Scarlet Knights to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons.

The scene and feeling at practice was different on Thursday.

There was a higher security presence, with a security officer blocking Scarlet Knights Way, the road to the Hale Center. More Rutgers officials than usual attended practice.

Source: The DailyMail

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