Junior Victor Blackwell had not participated in practices or games since the Trojans' Sept. 13 loss to Boston College and was reportedly unhappy with his playing time. “Haven’t seen him for a month, so we’ve moved forward there,” Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian said, according to the Times.
USC's Department of Public Safety website provides details of a domestic violence incident that occurred at 6:21 p.m. on Wednesday. The paper connected Blackwell to that incident.
The website describes a male student punching his girlfriend in the face multiple times, throwing a chair at her, smashing her laptop and cellphone on the floor and punching holes into the door of a room the girlfriend retreated to.
USC's vice provost for student affairs, Ainsley Carry, released a statement. From the Times:
"The University of Southern California takes very seriously any report of violence or assault and does not tolerate any form of harassment, violence or intimidation.
"The university is assisting the Los Angeles Police Department in its investigation of USC student Victor Blackwell. Our own student judicial process is confidential in compliance with federal privacy laws."