Division II team California University (Pa.) has canceled and forfeited its football game against Gannon University on Saturday after five players were arrested for allegedly assaulting a man, leaving him in the hospital with severe brain trauma.
According to KDKA, police said James Williamson, Corey Ford, Jonathan Barlow, Rodney Gillin, and D’Andre Dunkley were arrested after they allegedly beat and stomped a man outside a restaurant off campus before fleeing in a car. They've been charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment, and conspiracy and are currently being held in jail on a $500,000 bond.
The incident occurred early Thursday morning.
The victim, 30-year-old Lewis Campbell, remains in the ICU of a local hospital with severe brain trauma, KDKA reports.
The players have all been suspended from the team and the university.
Interim school president Geraldine Jones released the following statement:
“California University does not tolerate violent behavior, and the five student-athletes charged in connection with this incident will face University sanctions, along with any penalties imposed by law.
“The police investigation is continuing, and the rights of these accused students will be upheld. But in light of these allegations, I asked Coach Kellar to cancel Saturday’s game. Behavior has consequences, and all Cal U students, including student-athletes, must abide by our Student Code of Conduct if they wish to remain a part of our campus community.
“At the same time, it must be clearly understood that the actions of a small group of individuals are not representative of our entire student body, nor of all Cal U student-athletes. I ask our entire campus community to recommit to our University’s core values, and to demonstrate through their words and their actions the best that our University can be.
“Our hearts and our prayers go out to the victim, his family and his friends. All else pales in comparison.”
All five players had been removed from the team's listed online roster as of Friday morning.
- Ben Estes