Tracking Investigation of Washington Football Players for Alleged Assault

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Tracking Investigation of Washington Football Players for Alleged Assault
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Newly-hired Washington Huskies head football coach Chris Petersen has suspended two players indefinitely for a violation of team rules, according to The Seattle Times' Adam Jude.

Quarterback Cyler Miles and wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow are reportedly being investigated by Seattle Police following an alleged assault close to campus on Sunday, Feb. 2. following the conclusion of Super Bowl XLVIII.

At the time of the two players' suspension, no arrests had been made in the case.

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The police report alleges that the two suspects hopped out of a car shortly after the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII win over the Denver Broncos, roughly around 8:30 p.m. local time on Feb. 2, and assaulted a man after asking him whether he was a Seahawks supporter.

According to the report, the suspects approached the man and began striking him in the face. 

Adding to the severity of the investigation, the alleged assault could potentially be connected to an earlier incident following the Seahawks' 43-8 victory, per Jude:

At least one of the football players was identified as a suspect in an earlier assault near a post-Super Bowl bonfire on the corner of N.E. 47th Street and 19th Avenue N.E. In that incident, a female victim was knocked down and had her camera damaged by one of the suspects. Both of the suspects were described as wearing Broncos gear.

Miles is a redshirt freshman who had been the popular choice to replace Keith Price under center in 2014. However, it remains to be seen how the suspension will impact his chances of earning the starting job over the summer.

The Colorado native appeared in eight games in 2013, including Washington's season-ending victory over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl. He would throw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns in limited action over the course of the season.

Stringfellow is also a freshman, and caught 20 passes for over 250 yards and a touchdown in 2013.

Both players were expected to take on larger roles for the Huskies in 2014, but their status with the team will likely depend on how the investigation unfolds.

 

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