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Rutgers' Chris Long, Malachi Melton Suspended After Arrest for Paintball Gun Incident

Adam WellsSeptember 21, 2021

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 28:  A general view of a Rutgers football helmet is seen during a Big 10 conference game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Michigan Wolverines on September 28, 2019 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Rutgers cornerbacks Chris Long and Malachi Melton have been suspended by the program after being arrested by university police on Tuesday morning. 

Per James Kratch of NJ.com, Long and Melton were charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. 

Head coach Greg Schiano explained in a statement the incident involved a paintball gun. 

"I was informed that Chris Long and Malachi Melton were taken into police custody early this morning as a result of an incident involving a paintball gun," Schiano said. "Both players have been suspended immediately."

Citing municipal court records, Kratch noted the incident took place on Monday night and the two players were taken into custody on Tuesday morning. 

According to Kratch, Rutgers Police have not yet responded to NJ Advanced Media's request for the incident report.

Schiano gave no indication how long the suspensions for Melton and Long will last. Both players are freshmen for the Scarlet Knights. 

Melton appeared in all nine games and made six starts last season. The New Jersey native has four pass breakups and two interceptions in three games so far in 2021. 

Long has yet to record a statistic this season. He appeared in two games last year, against Ohio State and Maryland. 

Rutgers (3-0) is scheduled to take on No. 19 Michigan at The Big House on Saturday.