Leonte Carroo's Mother, His Girlfriend, And Her Family Member Are All Facing Charges Stemming From The Fight Outside Hale Center
NJ.com- Three people with connections to suspended Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo, including his mother, were charged Tuesday for their alleged role in the altercation that took place outside the university's football headquarters on Sept. 12, according to a statement from Rutgers spokesman Greg Trevor.
Lavern Carroo, the 41-year old mother of the Scarlet Knights star player, was among those charged by the Rutgers University Police Department for simple assault and disorderly conduct related to an incident.
Also charged were Maria Vega, 20, and Juan Vega, 52.
Authorities alleged that their actions included general fighting behavior, specifically hair pulling and striking a victim in the face with a hand.
This is not the first time Lavern Carroo has been charged. According to court records, she pleaded guilty to third-degree theft by deception in Union County in 2001 and was sentenced to one year of probation.
Police have accused Leonte Carroo of slamming a woman to a concrete surface outside of the Hale Center after the team's loss to Washington State on Sept. 12, according to a complaint filed in Piscataway municipal court.
Carroo reportedly was intervening in an altercation between two women he has been romantically involved with. It's believed that Maria Vega had a romantic relationship with Carroo. Juan Vega's relationship to Maria is unclear. Both are from Fort Lee.
The alleged victim worked for the Rutgers football program as a recruiting ambassador, multiple people with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media last week.
The alleged victim's father told NJ Advance Media that his daughter did not provoke the dispute. He said his daughter has a restraining order against Carroo, and has quit her job at the athletics department.
Well I'll be, don't we just have damn near the most unrealistic episode of 'Jerry Springer' ever fucking created on our hands with this one. A division 1 football player, his mother (that has been arrested multiple times before), his girlfriend, an adult male family member of his girlfriend, and the victim (a recruiting embassador that the player was supposedly also sleeping with). That cast reads like it would be part of the most dramatic soap opera of all time. Maybe one day when this is all cleared up we can learn to laugh at it, take this script to a studio to be translated into Spanish, and have it turned into some half decent daytime television. Okay fine, I guess that's not the greatest idea I have ever had. Not because it wouldn't be entertaining but because it wouldn't be plausible. This scene sounds like it's straight out of the WWE. Like Leonte Carroo was the 4th member of D-Generation X to run in from the tarmack and perform his finishing move on a helpless victim. It's like all that's missing was theme music and some entitled member of the McMahon family.
I am going to go out on a limb and assume that Leonte's mom, his girlfriend, and her uncle/father weren't taking the side of Carroo's sidepiece. That means there were three people yelling at, or engaging in physical contact with, one single woman? Yet, I am led to believe that Leonte felt his presence was so necessary NOT to help the victim that was clearly in distress at the hands of his loved ones, but to physically abuse the girl that was the 'handicapped' party in the handicapped match? Leonte needed to save the three people that were harassing one person so he suplexed the girl that was already at a disadvantage? Listen, I don't know what happened, and I don't claim to know what happened, but something about this whole incident seems fishy to me. I don't expect Leonte Carroo to play for Rutgers ever again, and with the way this season is trending it's probably best that he doesn't, but I can't help but think that he too was a victim. A victim of bad decision making, and a victim of the company he keeps. That doesn't excuse anything that he may have done to this woman. Just the fact that a captain of a Rutgers football team, that has already been through so much prior to this incident, put himself in this situation is an indictment of him. If he went as far as slamming a woman to the ground then he deserves every single punishment he gets legally AND from a career perspective. Still, Leonte Carroo doesn't strike me as the type of person that would savagely join in when a young woman was getting jumped, no matter what his relation to everyone else involved was. I could very well be wrong, and if there is video we should find out very shortly, but maybe, just maybe, the picture that has been painted isn't an accurate depiction of what happened that fateful night.