Washington State president Kirk Schulz will meet with the Pullman, Wash. police chief to discuss relations between the football program and the police department.
Washington State president Kirk Schulz says he will meet with Pullman, Wash. police chief Gary Jenkins to discuss relations between the football program and the police department.
Athletic director Bill Moos will also attend the Thursday meeting.
The meeting is in response to growing tensions between the parties amid Washington State coach Mike Leach calling out the police department, accusing them of treating members of the football team unfairly by singling them out in incidents involving other people.
Several members of the football team have been involved in incidents of the past few months.
Sophomore linebacker Logan Tago was arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault after a June incident, safety Shalom Luani was arrested last month and accused of assault, and authorities are looking into another incident in which multiple football players were allegedly involved in a fight at a house party in July.
"If the other guilty parties are not accused or charged, there needs to be an extensive investigation as to why," Leach said. "How in the world can only football parties be guilty in events depicted like this?"
None of the players have been arrested or charged with any crime.
Jenkins denied that his department profiles football players.
"I don’t take (the comments) personally. I am sensitive that my staff might,” Jenkins said to The Spokesman-Review. “I just want to make it clear that my staff hasn’t done anything wrong in any way. But I completely understand where coach Leach is coming from.”
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