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Updated: NIU LB still on team after indictment

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UPDATED 3/20 @ 6:00 p.m. ET: Though NIU linebacker Jamaal Bass is facing two counts of assault charges, school athletic director Jeff Compher said Monday night that Bass’ status with the team has not changed:

“As the legal proceedings in Toledo involving NIU football player Jamaal Bass are ongoing, we will reserve any comment until that process is complete. Jamaal is currently enrolled at Northern Illinois and his status with the football program has not changed.”


Finally, after decades of wedgies, swirlies and general bullying of band nerds at the hands of oppressive jocks, some retribution.

Over four months after Northern Illinois linebacker Jamaal Bass allegedly ran shoulder-first into a University of Toledo band member and knocking them to the ground, the football player is facing criminal charges.

A Lucas County grand jury Friday indicted Bass on one count of felonious assault and one count of misdemeanor assault for the pre-game incident, although an arraignment date has not been set. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of up to eight years in prison.

Bass was ultimately suspended an additional two games on top of his initial one-game suspension following the punishing of the dweebs alleged assault.

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27 Responses to “Updated: NIU LB still on team after indictment”
  1. niubears says: Mar 19, 2012 10:38 PM

    This makes me speechless. What a joke.

  2. Deb says: Mar 19, 2012 11:52 PM

    Forget the band thing. It’s not okay for a football player in full pads to run up and tackle a kid who’s just walking along minding his own business. The whole thing may sound goofy, niubears, but yeah, that’s a criminal assault and the SOB will think twice before he does it again.

    I hate bullies.

  3. footballfan15 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:41 AM

    In Soviet Russia, Band hit you…

  4. lakedude says: Mar 20, 2012 10:25 AM

    Time for someone to face the music!

  5. polegojim says: Mar 20, 2012 10:29 AM

    Thug deserves the rap.

    It wasn’t manly or cool, it was cowardly and totally uncalled for.

  6. ghengy says: Mar 20, 2012 11:01 AM

    Anybody got a video link? Cant find one. Thanks.

  7. ghengy says: Mar 20, 2012 11:14 AM

    Nevermind, I just watched the video… what a bunch of nonsense.

    If anything the coach should have been suspended for running the team out while the band was still on the field. The video is not conclusive, but you can clearly see Bass was running and leaping prior to the band member entering his path, maybe he never saw him coming but I dont see any malicious intent, and there was no forearm in the collision. Why isnt this considered just a mistake and unfortunate accident? Pretty stupid IMO, hope the kid gets off.

    Bass is #6, look to the far right of the screen.

  8. Deb says: Mar 20, 2012 12:15 PM

    @ghengy …

    I hadn’t seen the video, but that coach needs to be locked up. Those guys just stampeded over the band like they weren’t there. What were they thinking??

  9. ghengy says: Mar 20, 2012 12:23 PM

    @Deb. This has been going on forever. I can recall seeing Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and even friggin Vanderbilt run through the Tennessee band. There’s an unwritten rule implied here, but should be made formal. Its just stupid, always results in lingering tentions…. but JAIL?? Thats just stupid.

  10. birddog13 says: Mar 20, 2012 12:50 PM

    @ghengy and all others who say this was much ado about nothing. Bass left his feet alright… in order to put a major hit on the HEAD of the opposing team’s band member who was holding a clarinet or flute in his/her hands, thus was totally helpless. The hit was so hard that it knocked the band kid backwards into the guy behind who was rubbing his face afterwards (their heads knocked together). This stellar article fails to tell us the extent of any injuries which may have resulted, but hitting someone that hard who is not prepared to be hit and not padded up and not trained to absorb this kind of violence is at least potentially extremely dangerous (whiplash or even concussion).

    This is nothing but unbridled arrogance by the coaching staff and players. Absolutely uncalled for and outside the bounds of the sport. As a former prosecutor, I would love to argue that case.

  11. niubears says: Mar 20, 2012 1:00 PM

    FYI – ESPN controls when the teams run out onto the field. This was not a choice of players or coaches at NIU. Apparently the band members don’t have very good 40 times.

    Was it uncalled for.. absolutely. He was suspended 3 games for it and apoligized to both Toledo and the band.

    The Toledo AD told the NIU AD that the band member was not injured and was fine. Now all of a sudden four months later the band member is injured. Hmm.. imagine that. When’s the civil case going to come?

    Bass was in the wrong.. No doubt. But this is in no way a felony, let alone a misdemeanor.

  12. timothyf22 says: Mar 20, 2012 1:02 PM

    Ghengy, you must not watch your own video very closely, if you did – you’d see that after he jumps up, he willfully throws his shoulder into the band members face. Whether a fist, forearm or shoulder being thrown, this constitutes assault in any state’s laws. Assault = punishment. If you don’t see it, then you are trying not to see. It was obvious to me upon first viewing and more so when I viewed it again to verify what I saw.

  13. ghengy says: Mar 20, 2012 1:10 PM

    @ Birddog and Timothy You clowns are blind. There was no malicious intent here, and if anything he turned his shoulder in an attempt to lessen the contact. As the video clearly shows, Bass was running and leaping onto the field, you see him come down, then he jumps again but makes contact. If anything he was being careless, I’m just sorry you sissies werent out there with the band.

  14. ghengy says: Mar 20, 2012 1:13 PM

    @niubear Thanks, I didn’t know this game was televised. But TV doesnt always orchestrate that.

  15. Deb says: Mar 20, 2012 2:45 PM

    @ghengy …

    Sorry, I’m an SEC fan, and I’ve never seen a player on any of those teams tackle a member of the band. Nor have I seen those teams run onto the field through the band. Speaking as a Bama fan, we have a lot of respect for the Million Dollar Band. Our team would never rough them up, and there’d be hell to pay if another team did. And I don’t know about this ESPN stuff. Alabama’s run onto the field is well-orchestrated by Alabama. I think it’s up to ESPN to get their cameras ready. I’ve really never seen anything that sloppy watching SEC games.

  16. Deb says: Mar 20, 2012 2:55 PM

    @ghengy …

    This is how Alabama and hated rivals Tennessee entered the field at the Tide stadium, with the Alabama band on the field, last October. (Fast forward to the one-minute mark.)

  17. ghengy says: Mar 20, 2012 3:15 PM

    @Deb Listen up you silly Bammer, dont lecture me on Alabama or the kind of antics they were once famous for. And being an Alabama fan you may not be aware that the league has mandated an end to all these shenanigans, which at one time were not uncommon in the SEC. And Saban wouldn’t allow that crap anyway, but your point about “respect for the Million Dollar Band” makes little sense as this debate has to do with an NIU player, and a Toledo band member.

  18. therealin2012 says: Mar 20, 2012 6:37 PM

    If Bass were smart, he would have plead that it was self-defense like that Zimmerman dude in Florida. He’d have gotten away scott-free!!!!!!

  19. Deb says: Mar 20, 2012 6:47 PM

    @ghengy …

    Do you always become irrational when you have no point to make? You’re the one who decided to announce that running over the visiting band happens all the time with SEC schools, honey. It’s not my fault that you didn’t know what the bloody heck you were talking about.

  20. Deb says: Mar 20, 2012 6:49 PM

    @therealin2012 …

    I live in Central Florida and that case isn’t finished yet. It’s embarrassing that in 2012 we have to call in the feds because local law enforcement won’t file charges in the murder of a young black man. That’s so … 1965. But hopefully justice will be served in the end.

  21. therealin2012 says: Mar 20, 2012 7:16 PM

    I guess that’s kinda the point. Bass has served more punishment for his actions than a murderer.
    I’ll bet that the next time the band’s time is up on the field, they’ll move with a little more purpose to get off. I hate to see weaker people get hurt, but a Division I gridiron is the LAST place I’m looking for rational behavior. I suggest some of you start adopting this philosophy.

  22. Deb says: Mar 20, 2012 7:27 PM

    @therealin2012 …

    Nope … the last place I look for rational behavior is on these blogs 😉

  23. afirst916 says: Mar 20, 2012 7:56 PM

    It was a jerk move but an indictment is ridiculous in my opinion

  24. ghengy says: Mar 20, 2012 8:27 PM

    @Deb. Dear Toothless Dingbat, I didnt say this kind of thing “happens all the time”, I said its been going on forever and it has. I never said it happens every day, and at one time it was commonplace in the SEC. But of course with the myopic view of a Bama fan you wouldnt know anything about that, and by god the Tide never did any such a thing! LOL

    Yes, rational behavior. You mean like your comments about how much the respect the Alabama team has for their own band, or the relevance of your youtube video of Alabama running onto the field. Yeah, thats totally relevant, and RATIONAL!

  25. Deb says: Mar 20, 2012 11:11 PM

    ghengy, you said you’ve seen it with several SEC teams, and I said I haven’t and demonstrated how the run onto the field is generally orchestrated in the SEC. I have no idea why you’re ranting like a fool … except that you clearly are a fool. Rant on. :roll:

  26. ghengy says: Mar 21, 2012 7:24 AM

    @Deb. Just how long have you been an SEC fan? Thats what I thought, now you’re invited to shut up you ignorant bimbo. If you’re like most Alabama fans your view of whats going on in the college football world is pretty limited, i.e you dont have a clue.

    War Eagle!

  27. mountaineer50415 says: Mar 25, 2012 5:33 PM

    About the raises for Saban and his staff. If they do not deserve a raise then noone does. My husband graduated from Alabama with a Dr’s degree in Juris Prudence. He passed away before Nick Saban came to Alabama. I can remember how sad he was watching the Tide under those other coaches. I am enjoying the new Tide for him and I think Coach Saban is the best coach in college football.
    As a mountaineer fan I have high hopes that WV is now going to be a team to stand beside the Tide. If they do I will be glad to see Coach Holgerson reap the big bucks.
    How could anyone say Alabama is not the best at this time. If they want to stay up there they need to compensate the coaches.

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