Well, 5 Rutgers Football Players Just Got Arrested For Armed Robbery And Aggravated Assault, So Yeaaah
NJ.com- Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Anthony A. Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department, announced that four Rutgers University students and two former students were charged today with assaulting a group of individuals, including one student whose jaw was broken during the unprovoked attack. Five were current Rutgers football players.
The investigation began last spring when police were called to a home invasion on Prosper Street in New Brunswick on April 26, 2015 at 11:29 p.m., after three masked men forced their way into the home and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and marijuana from five students at gunpoint.
During an intensive investigation, police arrested Tejay Johnson, 23, of Egg Harbor. The former student was charged with robbery, criminal restraint, theft, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Police determined that Johnson and Andre Boggs, 20, of Coatesville, Pa., forced their way into the home and, armed with a bat and a knife, robbed a student of approximately $900 and an undisclosed amount of marijuana..
In a third home invasion, Johnson and Boggs were charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and attempted burglary while armed for trying to force their way into another student's room in a dormitory complex at Livingston College in Piscataway on May 5, 2015.
The six were charged today with aggravated assault, riot, and conspiracy to commit a riot. A 19-year-old male student suffered a broken jaw during the unprovoked attack.
In addition to Johnson, defendants charged in the attack were identified as: Ruhann Peele, 22, and Nadir Barnwell, 20, both of Piscataway; Rahzonn Gross, 20, of Franklin Park, and Delon Stephenson, 22, and his brother, Daryl Stephenson, 23, both of Sayreville. Daryl Stephenson, also a former student at Rutgers, remains at large.
Good News: We won't be hearing about some stupid, innocent e-mail that that Kyle Flood sent to a professor regarding a student's academic standing.
Bad News: Literally EVERYTHING else.
So, not to trivialize the severity of these crimes, but does anyone know if I have any eligibility left? College football was always a dream of mine (since about 5 minutes ago), and the entire Rutgers secondary just got arrested. I'm sorry NJ.com. I beg for your mercy Star Ledger. You were right, I was wrong. Take it easy on me. Please use lube.
I honestly don't even know what to say. Home invasions, armed robbery, aggravated assault, riots, conspiracies, drugs, money, bats, knives, getaway vehicles. This story looks like the Table Of Contents in a fucking Criminal Justice textbook. Football should be the last thing on our minds right now, but it's going to be impossible for the players that actually do uphold their responsibilities as student athletes to escape this story. This is bad, real bad. 5 PLAYERS. That's 5 different people, and not one of them was like "you know guys, it's probably a bad idea to invade 3 different homes armed with weaponry". It doesn't matter how many times I write about dumb athletes, I always manage to find myself surprised by the lengths they go to to prove their inability to process rational thought.
I get that it's only 5 players, out of nearly 100, that acted on their own volition to do a bunch of incredibly stupid things, but this just tarnished the entire reputation of the program. I love Kyle Flood, but the guy is probably on his way out the door, and it's because of a few kids that he would probably die for. Well, looks like his career is going to have to die for them instead, because there is no coming back from this. As good of a guy as he is, he is just not going to survive this backlash. To say that he is undeserving of what is about to come to him is the understatement of a lifetime, but it is the nature of his position. Five kids, that are now no longer with the program, and will undoubtedly be kicked out of school, just ruined Rutgers football for the rest of the team. They ruined it for the former players that built this program into respectability at the D1 level, and they ruined it for the future players that will have to basically run daily Bible study to prove their integrity in the wake of this mess. Looks like I'll be watching all the games this year on mute, and have to switch out the 6-pack for a nice big bottle of whiskey. Thanks a lot guys. Add on another count of aggravated assault, because my liver is about to take a fucking beating this season. So, Keep Choppin'? I guess?
Someone want to tell Greg Schiano to take his phone off silent. This program has some rebuilding to do, and as crazy as it seems, there's only one man that proved he's capable of the job...