Three starters, including running back Ray Graham and wide receiver Devin Street along with defensive back Lafayette Pitts — were charged with assault and conspiracy Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
The incident between the three players and Karl Olsheski occurred on Oct. 21 and was reported to officials that day, but the charges were not filed until Thursday. This is bad timing before the Panthers are set to visit the undefeated Irish.
Olsheski told police he was walking in Oakland, the neighborhood where Pittsburgh is located, with two women when the players surrounded him. Olsheski said he tried to leave the area but was then confronted by Graham who stopped him, who then blurted out a racial slur. Shortly after that, Street allegedly punched Olsheski in the head, according to the Post-Gazette.
Just as Pitt seemed to be getting their season turned around and gaining some ground on becoming bowl eligible, something like this takes place. Of course, we might not have heard about any of this had the players not been charged on Thursday, but it falls on the shoulders of two of the Panthers main leaders.
All three players received summonses that they appear at a Jan. 9 preliminary court hearing, the Post-Gazette reported.
Could this mean all three players will be suspended for the rest of the season? First year head coach Paul Chryst may not have much of a choice at this point. Once again we see players putting themselves in bad situations.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.
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