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Pitt statement on player charges: no suspensions

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Very early this morning, a report surfaced that three starting members of the Pittsburgh football program had been arrested on assault charges following an incident late last month.

While the statuses of running back Ray Graham, wide receiver Devin Street and defensive back Lafayette Pitts had been up in the air throughout the morning, that’s no longer the case; the trio will, barring an unexpected development, will play vs. Notre Dame tomorrow.

In a statement released by the school late Friday morning, Pitt officials acknowledged that they are aware of an alleged incident involving the players, although all three, per the statement, deny involvement.

As a result, no suspensions are in the offing, at least for the time being.

Here’s the school’s statement, in its entirety:

The University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department was recently made aware of a police report relating to an incident allegedly involving three of our football student-athletes on October 21. Those individuals have denied any involvement with the situation and have offered to speak with authorities, although to date they have not been questioned or received any court documents. We take matters of player discipline very seriously and will continue to cooperate with any investigation. However, we will not, and hope others will not, rush to judgment on these misdemeanor allegations. All three players will remain active members of our program while we gain more clarity on this situation.

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21 Responses to “Pitt statement on player charges: no suspensions”
  1. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 2, 2012 12:25 PM

    If they attended tOSU or an SEC school there would be dozens of posts talking about the lack of suspensions. FYI – the police complaint also listed the use of racial slurs.

  2. joewilliesshnoz says: Nov 2, 2012 12:26 PM

    Oh boy, here we go again .

  3. loadofwashmother says: Nov 2, 2012 12:39 PM

    Stay classy Pitt ! As always you will make mark may proud!

  4. cmb79 says: Nov 2, 2012 1:14 PM

    So, because they’re playing Notre Dame, they’re playing.

    This is one of the precedents that I hate about sports in general; turning a blind eye when you need all the help you can get.

  5. guinsrule says: Nov 2, 2012 2:14 PM

    The only reason this is a story IS because theyre playing Notre Dame. Would anybody care about this if Pitt was playing Temple this week?

  6. fitz79 says: Nov 2, 2012 2:46 PM

    Shame on you Pitt. Granted, these kind of incidents can occur anywhere. Even Notre Dame. That’s why Calabrese and Rees were suspended in the season opener. Because they were arrested for some drunken shenanigans and Kelly has the sense to be careful about what kind of message he is conveying. Regardless if some of the players still maintain their innocence or not, they were convicted in a court of law, so there must have been enough evidence.

    What I think it really demonstrates is how scared Pitt is to play Notre Dame!

  7. panthermd says: Nov 2, 2012 3:00 PM

    How exactly is it “shame on Pitt”?

    So someone makes a charge with the Police, the police make no effot to even question the players yet, and the players say they had no involvement. What is the University supposed to do – assume they are guilty?

  8. ndrick731 says: Nov 2, 2012 3:15 PM

    Pitt will delay any possible suspensions until they play Gardner Webb again. Or maybe Buffalo. Or maybe Youngstown St. Or maybe some high school team they can get on their schedule.

  9. panthermd says: Nov 2, 2012 3:18 PM

    How many games did Brian Kelly suspend himself for negligently causing a kid to die?

  10. mauldawg says: Nov 2, 2012 3:18 PM

    Pitt has no class.What ever it takes to win.The 3 players will not be punished in any way.They get an extra gift from some alum.Pit has never shown any class.

  11. guinsrule says: Nov 2, 2012 3:38 PM

    If not for a gift from the refs, Notre Dame loses to Stanford. That’s enough reason to keep them out of the championship game compared to Oregon, K-State and Bama

  12. jgater1981 says: Nov 2, 2012 3:43 PM

    @NDrick, Pitt already lost to Youngstown State. To the moron that thinks ND got a gift against Stanford, you obviously don’t understand the rules of football. That or you didn’t watch the game. Do better.

  13. pens5829 says: Nov 2, 2012 3:57 PM

    @jgater1981. Hey moron. Anyone and everyone that doesn’t bleed and isn’t blinded by the “mystique” of ND football knows that Stanford scored at the end of that game. Stick to fantasy football.

  14. gorilladunk says: Nov 2, 2012 4:09 PM

    I know nothing about the incident other than what I’ve read on CFT. And I’m not a Pitt fan or follower. Did it ever occur to anyone that maybe they DIDN’T do anything ? When deserved, I’m all for suspensions, but if these guys really did have nothing to do with this incident and you suspend, how you gonna give them back the game(s) they miss? Let ’em come back and play a game or two after their eligibility is over? And if racial slurs were thrown these players way before the assualt began, then whomever they beat the crap out of deserved it.

  15. jgater1981 says: Nov 2, 2012 4:17 PM

    Yeah, Stanford eventually scored after ND’s defense was already running off the field. Don’t let facts get in the way of a good argument though.

  16. jmyles12 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:04 PM

    @guinsrule actually if you weren’t an idiot, you would understand that even if that Stanford play did result in a TD, they would still have to make the extra point in a monsoon and that would have only tied it up 20-20. There aren’t ties anymore, you know that right? So what would have happened next was something called double OT. Understand how that works? Go Irish Beat Panthers!!!

  17. kylej866 says: Nov 2, 2012 6:00 PM

    I agree with the decision no matter who they are playing. As a WVU fan I despise pitt and would love to see them lose but I have to agree with this. If they deny involvement and there is no substantial evidence to say they were, what’s to say they deserve to be suspended? If they are found not guilty in court and they got suspended over this before a big game then that would be unfair to them. I would wait to see evidence and the court case before jumping the gun.

  18. sd1024 says: Nov 2, 2012 6:02 PM

    Whats amazing to me is how morons posting on this site assume they are guilty and should be punished before the matter is even looked into.

  19. irishdodger says: Nov 2, 2012 6:30 PM

    @gorilladunk: to clarify, it was reported by the victim that the racial slurs were directed at him by one of the players (allegedly Graham?). I know it’s hard to fathom in this PC world we live in, but racism goes both ways.

  20. norcalirish says: Nov 3, 2012 8:25 AM

    The NCAA reviewed the Stanford call, said it was the right one. I can see how those that don’t know the rules of football could get confused tho.

    Pitt is a joke.

  21. csilojohnson says: Nov 3, 2012 1:05 PM

    Guilty until proven innocent. Thats the American way.

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