Report: Cal locker-room brawl sends RB Fabiano Hale to hospital
Details are emerging surrounding a fight that took place between two Cal football players Friday, according to Hunter Hewitt of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Henry K. Lee of the Chronicle reported Tuesday morning that a fight between freshman running back Fabiano Hale and one other teammate took place last Friday and resulted in Hale being taken to the hospital.
But Hewitt reports the fight occurred as a direct result of Hale accidentally missing workouts because of oversleeping. Cal players were forced to do extra work because of Hale's absence, and players were later told to deal with Hale on their own but "leave it in the locker room," Hale's family friend told Hewitt. Cal disputes the reports, however.
The report states that Hale was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries, but his parents were not contacted for two hours. There were also no Cal representatives at the hospital with Hale, according to Hewitt.
The other player involved in the fight was not named in the Tuesday report, though UC Berkley police Lt. Marc DeCoulode told Lee that police know who the suspect is.
Despite his involvement in the incident, the unnamed player was reportedly allowed to dress for Saturday's game against Arizona, but he did not play.
But Cal coach Sonny Dykes said the allegations from Hale's family friend are untrue, and the coach said the player responsible for the incident did not dress for the Arizona game. Furthermore, Dykes told Hewitt an assistant coach was with Hale at the hospital.
An athletic department official told SI.com that any report that coaches told players to handle the situation in-house are "made up" and the official has "no idea where they got that."
We are fully cooperating with an investigation into an incident involving members of our football team. Our team culture is built on mutual respect for and accountability to each other.
There has been a lot of misinformation reported today that does need to be addressed:
• A player was checked in the urgent care facility at the Tang Center on campus as soon as possible after an incident occurred by a member of our sports medicine staff.
• Once fully advised of the situation, a Cal physician, coach and administrator each contacted the player's family prior to the family's arrival at the hospital. In addition the coach personally visited the player and his family in the hospital.
We are still in the process of gathering information but will not rush to judgment. We will have no further comment until the investigation is complete.
According to Hewitt, neither Hale nor his family have spoken to the media as of Monday.