Police recommend assault charge for Washington State safety

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) The Pullman Police Department is recommending that Washington State safety Shalom Luani be charged with second degree assault for a fight outside a pizza restaurant in August.

The Whitman County prosecuting attorney's office will make the decision on whether Luani is ultimately charged with the felony.

It was not immediately known if Luani had an attorney.

Washington State football spokesman Bill Stevens said Luani will play in Saturday's game against Idaho.

Pullman police previously told reporters that the 22-year-old Luani became verbally abusive when his order took too long, then went outside and struck the victim in the face.

Luani, an honorable mention All-Pac-12 player in 2015, did not play in Washington State's season opening loss to Eastern Washington.

He had two interceptions in last Saturday's loss at Boise State.

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