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Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo has assault charge dropped

Leonte Carroo could return to Rutgers’ football team ahead of Saturday’s game against No. 4 Michigan State. 

The simple assault charge under domestic violence against Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo was dropped Tuesday after the alleged victim decided not to pursue the case, reports

Carroo, a senior captain, was charged with simple assault after allegedly slamming a woman to a concrete surface outside the Scarlet Knights’ facility on Sept. 12. He was suspended indefinitely from the team a day later. Carroo reportedly had been intervening in an altercation involving two women he had been romantically involved with.

“Everyone in this court room is going to watch you now, and watch how you turn out,” Judge Dennis Fackelman told Carroo. “Which way are you going to turn?”

The alleged victim in that incident worked for Rutgers football as a recruiting ambassador. Her father told on Sept. 22 that his daughter did not provoke the dispute and that she had quit her job with the athletic department.

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A temporary restraining order between the woman and Carroo was lifted on Tuesday morning. Carroo will have to attend six hours of anger management. 

Carroo has missed two games due to his suspension, during which Rutgers has gone 1–1. The Scarlet Knights are 2–2 overall this season.

Head coach Kyle Flood has one game remaining on a university-issued suspension for impermissible contact with a faculty member. Flood, who leads the team on non-game days, will determine whether or not Carroo will return to action for the team’s game against No. 4 Michigan State (5–0) on Saturday night. 

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