Six current and one former Western Kentucky football players were indicted Thursday on charges stemming from a March incident outside a campus fraternity where a man was allegedly assaulted.
According to the Bowling Green Daily News, four of the players — running back Quinton Baker, wide receiver Xavier Lane, linebacker Tyler Obee and defensive lineman Cecil Stallings — are facing assault charges, including “first-degree complicity to wanton endangerment,” a felony.
Two other WKU players, wide receiver Jachour Pearson and defensive lineman Christopher Johnson, are facing a single third-degree criminal trespass violation each. Additionally, ex-WKU linebacker Andrew O’Bryan, who is now at Eastern Kentucky, has been charged with:menacing (a misdemeanor) and third-degree criminal trespass.
TMZ has video of the incident.
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The six current Hilltoppers have all been suspended indefinitely “pending further developments,” the program said Thursday morning.
Baker, the team’s leading returning running back, rushed for 542 yards and four scores in 2016 as a freshman. Johnson, a senior in 2017, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection in 2016 when he totaled 43 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. The other four players — Lane, Obee, Pearson and Stallings — redshirted in 2016 as freshmen. O’Bryan also redshirted for WKU in 2016 before deciding to transfer to FCS Eastern Kentucky.
Western Kentucky won its second straight Conference USA title in 2016, finishing with a 10-3 record. After the season, head coach Jeff Brohm left to take the head job at Purdue. WKU is now coached by former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford.
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