Posted by Adam Jacobi
The suspension of three Virginia players -- Ausar Walcott, Devin Wallace, and Mike Price -- is a mystery no longer. While head coach Mike London declined to provide any details on the players' punishment yesterday, the Harrisonburg Police dutifully stepped in to fill the gaps this afternoon, announcing that the trio was arrested on several assault charges:
Redshirt sophomore linebacker Ausar Walcott, sophomore cornerback Devin Wallace and sophomore center Mike Price each face three misdemeanor charges of assault and battery by mob and one felony charge of burglary-entering a dwelling with the intent to commit an assault. The charges stem from an incident that occured Jan. 30. The three players were arrested Tuesday.
The incident involving the three players took place at 1:34 a.m., according to a statement released Wednesday afternoon by the Harrisonburg Police Department. A verbal altercation outside an off-campus apartment complex in the 800 block of Port Republic Road preceded the players entering an apartment and allegedly assaulting three male victims. The three victims claimed they did not know the Virginia football players, the statement said.
Two of the three victims were taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The statement said those two victims have since been released from the hospital.
The litany of charges netted Virginia 18 points in the EDSBS Fulmer Cup, which "rewards" teams for their off-season legal woes; most teams don't get to 18 points for the entire off-season, so even in the context of "other college football teams have players arrested too," this is a major embarrassment for Virginia and its athletic department.
Now, there's probably more to this story, as three football players don't just run off to a nearby campus, break into a random apartment, and beat up three strangers for fun. That's just not a thing that happens. What's extremely unlikely to come out of this is a valid excuse for the players' behavior, however, and their ability to rejoin the team is probably in serious jeopardy at the moment.