On Thursday afternoon three University of Pittsburgh football players were charged in a Pennsylvania court with simple assault and conspiracy stemming from an incident involving the three student-athletes and three other students which happened last month. One of other three students claimed that he was struck in the head during the confrontation which occurred on the street near the university on October 21.
The three players who were involved in the altercation and charged with the crimes are running back Ray Graham, wide receiver Devin Street and defensive back Lafayette Pitts. Graham is the team’s leading rusher with 622 yards and seven touchdowns while Street is the team’s leading receiver with 50 receptions for 695 yards and four touchdowns.
According to the complaint the three students, Karl Olsheski, Diana Olsheski and Samantha Mitchell were walking on a street near the university when a group of football players walked into their path around 12:30am on October 21. Karl Olsheski told police that Graham approached him and said “what’s up” along with a racial slur. Then Olsheski said he attempted to walk away but the players stepped in the way. Olsheski then said “shortly after he was struck one time on the left side of his head by Mr. Street”.
The university has yet to take disciplinary action with any of three players and there has been no word from within if they will or not. The Panthers have a tough enough task ahead this week in dealing with the #3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and now they have to wonder if they may be without two of their top playmakers on offense due to a senseless act on their parts.