NJ.com- Leonte Carroo was arrested by the Rutgers University Police Department on Saturday and charged with simple assault in a domestic violence incident that occurred outside the Hale Center on Saturday, according to RU police chief Kenneth Cop.
Rutgers police arrived on the scene at the Rutgers football headquarters at 7:56 p.m., according to the RUPD daily crime log. That was 48 minutes after the Scarlet Knights lost a 37-34 decision to Washington State on Saturday night.
Carroo declined comment Monday morning. When reached on his cell phone by a NJ Advance Media reporter, Carroo, 21, said he couldn't make any comments on the situation.
Shortly after Rutgers coach Kyle Flood suspended his star wide receiver, NJ Advance Media first reported Sunday that authorities were investigating an altercation that happened outside the Rutgers football team's headquarters on Saturday evening involving a female acquaintance of Carroo and another female, according to two people familiar with the situation.
You know, when I awoke Sunday morning, I started thinking. What does the Rutgers football program need? A change at quarterback? A new defensive scheme? To provide their fans with anti-depressants upon entrance into games they are sure to piss away? Turns out I was way off. What Rutgers needed was more legal troubles. After all, we have got to keep with tradition. When's the last time the words "domestic abuse" were being mentioned with any regularity around the Rutgers campus? You guessed it. Just a year ago when the video of Ray Rice punching his future wife went public and they were forced to do everything in their power to erase his existence from anything and everything affiliated with the University. Just one year ago, when Rutgers was days away from facing off against Penn State in their first primetime conference game in the Big Ten. Well, look at Leonte Carroo, taking it upon himself, as a captain of this team, to make sure that Rutgers matchup at Penn State in 2015 would be surrounded by negativity as well. What a selfless guy! What a team player! Risking his season, and potential NFL career, in hopes of creating a similar situation to 2014. Can't make up for a disappointing loss one year prior without being buried under the wreckage of a comparable controversy!
I am not going to sit here and pretend like I know what happened outside the Hale Center on Saturday night. Since it was considered "domestic abuse" (get ready to hear those words 11,000 times over the next week) it's safe to assume that he got involved with an altercation between some combination of either his girlfriend, his other girlfriend, or his mother. Not for nothing, but if my girlfriend and the other girl I am fucking are fighting then I would be more liable to transfer out of the country than step in and try to break it up, but that's just me. Hey Leonte, couldn't you have coached them up from the window or something? Did you really have to play Judge Mills Lane in the middle of a girl fight? You don't ALWAYS have to lead by example. Especially when the Rutgers football program is basically bathing in lighter fluid and standing amongst a group of smokers? As captain of the team you had one job and one job only. Don't get fucking arrested. Hell, even if you did get arrested, all you had to do was avoid the words "home invasion" or "domestic abuse". With the transgressions of Ray Rice, Leonte Carroo would have been better served getting caught walking down the street with a crossed off list of names and a bloody butcher's knife. Nope, had to put your hands on a female. Everyone knows how well that always works out. It's a little known fact that scorned females (assumption) are actually infamous for being level headed and rational.
I am not even saying that I wouldn't have acted in the same way Leonte did, because I don't know what Leonte did, or the circumstances surrounding what he did. What I can say is that, regardless of the outcome, he put himself in a terrible position given the current state of Rutgers football. Leaders don't sour the name of the university for which they are supposed to so proudly represent. Whatever happened Saturday night was undoubtedly stupid, and a player that has been granted so much responsibility within the locker room can't let it happen. It's just that simple. Now we, as fans, can't even celebrate one of the most accomplished players in school history. Can't even be proud of a guy that passed up a potential NFL contract because he shared our love for Rutgers University. I'll tell you what. They better go into Happy Valley and leave the majority of that place suicidal come Saturday, because there isn't much for Rutgers fans, students, or alumni to celebrate right now. As little as football matters when discussing such a serious charge, just one night of being able to forget the off the field nightmares of the last month would go a long way in boosting the morale of those invested in this team.