Just over two months after an altercation at an on-campus party involving five members of the Arizona football program resulted in charges for the players, two of them are on the verge of emerging from first-year head coach Rich Rodriguez’s doghouse.
Ryan Finley of the Arizona Daily Star is reporting that charges of criminal assault and trespassing charges against defensive back Jourdon Grandon and offensive tackle Fabbians Ebbele will not be pursued. Finley reports that the case against Grandon has already been dropped, while Ebbele’s lawyer anticipates the same ending for his client.
“The case should be done,” attorney Skip Donau told the paper. “I haven’t seen the signed order yet, but I anticipate it any day now.”
As a result of the charges being dropped, both players are expected to be reinstated in very short order from their indefinite suspensions, which cost the two most of spring practice.
Sophomore offensive lineman Eric Bender-Ramsay was hit with the same charges as Grandon and Ebbele, while sophomore safety Jared Tevis defensive tackle Justin Washington were arrested on trespassing charges following the March 2 incident. Bender-Ramsey subsequently had the assault charge dropped.
For those who are unaware, here are a few of the details that led to the initial arrests and charges:
Witnesses in attendance stated that Tevis was invited to the party, but the four current/former football players he brought along with him were not. When Tevis and his entourage were asked to leave, one of the players, former UA safety Joshua Robbins, allegedly responded by pushing and then punching a female. Then, the party really went downhill from there, including at least one current player allegedly mistaking at least one woman’s face for a speed bag:
The players left after the brawl, but before leaving said, “We will be back with our homies.” A short time later, the players returned “in a group of between 10 and 30,” and a man later identified as sophomore offensive tackle Fabbians Ebbele forcibly entered the home and “began punching everybody he could reach,” according to the report, including the resident who was initially assaulted and her brother.
People at the party told officers the UA players entered the home and began assaulting male members of the party while several women attempted to stop another fight from happening. One woman was pushed up against the wall by Robbins. Robbins continued to push other female guests and residents.
Members of the party identified Grandon after he “punched a female guest in her face with a closed fist and began punching other females in the face.” Tevis was also present during the altercation but none of the victims observed him assaulting anyone.
Robbins was ultimately pulled over by police after being observed speeding away from the scene in his Lincoln Navigator, and was subsequently charged with DUI. Grandon, Ebbele and Tevis were also in the vehicle.