4 college players charged in dorm brawl
By Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
Four Long Island University basketball players were charged with assault on Thursday after a campus fight with three men and two women. The fight took place last Saturday.
Multiple New York media outlets reported the news early Friday and the news was confirmed to USA TODAY Sports late Friday morning.
Three of the basketball players involved were the team’s three leading scorers. Basketball team members C.J. Gardner, 22, Julian Boyd, 22, Troy Joseph, 21, and Jamal Olaswere, 21, were all charged with third-degree assault. Boyd was the Northeast Conference Player of the Year, while Olaswere was first-team all-conference.
“LIU Brooklyn has suspended indefinitely four members of its men’sbasketball team for their involvement in a Sept. 14 altercation on campus,” LIU athletic director John Suarez said in a statement provided to USA TODAY Sports. “No other student-athletes were implicated in this incident. Until all legal and appeals processes have been completed, we will not comment further on this matter.”
Four people were taken to Brooklyn Hospital, police reports said. They were not seriously injured. The New York Post initially reported that those assaulted by the basketball players were on the LIU track team, but that was denied by a university spokesperson.
The news comes after one of the program’s most successful two-year spans that included back-to-back Northeast Conference (NEC) regular season and tournament titles as well as consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
Coach Jim Ferry left to take a job at Duquesne and assistant Jack Perri was promoted to head coach in April.
Perri was unavailable for comment when contacted by USA TODAY Sports.