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Pitt’s leading rusher, receiver charged with assault

Ray Graham, Devin Street AP

Already facing the arduous task of squaring off against the No. 4 team in the country, Pittsburgh’s offense may be on the brink of a significant hit ahead of its game against Notre Dame Saturday.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, three starting Panther football players — running back Ray Graham, wide receiver Devin Street and defensive back Lafayette Pitts — were charged with assault and conspiracy following an incident late last month.  In the Oct. 21 incident, the alleged victim, Karl Olsheski, claimed to police that he was surrounded by the three players, and that Street at some point punched him in the head.

From the Post-Gazette:

In an interview with police, Mr. Olsheski said he was walking in Oakland with two women when Mr. Graham stopped him, said, “What’s up?” and uttered a racial slur. Mr. Olsheski said that he replied “nothing” and tried to leave but Mr. Graham, Mr. Street and Mr. Pitts surrounded him and then Mr. Street slugged him on the left side of the head, according to the criminal complaint.

The alleged victim reportedly refused medical treatment and did not want to file a police report.  Rather, the paper writes, he just wanted officers to stop the man who had punched him.

None of the players were arrested at the scene of the alleged incident, but will receive — via mail — summonses to appear for a preliminary hearing Jan. 9.  The paper reports that the players were officially charged Thursday night.

The school has yet to comment on the situation or address the availability of any of the three players allegedly involved for this weekend’s game against the Irish.

Graham leads the Panthers in rushing yards (622) and rushing touchdowns (seven), while Street tops the team in receptions (50), receiving yards (695) and receiving touchdowns (four).  The two players, both three-year starters, have accounted for nearly 40 percent of Pitt’s offensive touchdowns in 2012.

Pitts has started all eight of Pitt’s games this season.

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9 Responses to “Pitt’s leading rusher, receiver charged with assault”
  1. irishking says: Nov 2, 2012 9:03 AM

    Just what Pitt didn’t need for Saturday’s matchup against ND.

  2. pdmjr says: Nov 2, 2012 10:11 AM

    ND will roll them regardless

  3. astrosfan75956 says: Nov 2, 2012 10:47 AM

    [racist content removed]

  4. florida727 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:02 AM

    I know the law reads “innocent until proven guilty”, but we expect a higher standard from our athletes, especially since young kids look up to them so much. I’m not saying they should or they shouldn’t (it’s not my place to decide) but if Pitt suspended them from the Notre Dame game, I’d be okay with it. Right or wrong, athletes hold a special place in our society. They need to understand that, and they need to understand the responsibility that goes along with it. Because they have athletic skills, they get their education paid for. With that, comes expectations. These three (allegedly) didn’t live up to those expectations… and that’s a shame.

  5. joejames428 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:15 AM

    From ESPN: “Police tried to ensure the students identified the correct players by having them look at photo lineups. While none of the alleged victims could recognize all three players, each player was recognized by at least one, including Mitchell who recognized Street from a class they took together on vampires.”
    Sounds like anything but an open-and-shut case if they don’t even actually know who was there.

  6. fitz79 says: Nov 2, 2012 12:01 PM

    If Pitt has any respect these three players will be suspended for at least this weekend. If these guys are playing Pitt might as well try to bury the evidence and merge with their lowly in state rivals Penn St!

  7. panthermd says: Nov 2, 2012 3:12 PM

    1. Players deny any involvement
    2. Alleged victim and friends can’t really identify them
    3. Alleged victimd didn’t want the players arrested
    4. incident allegedly happened 2 weeks ago – and police have never contacted any of the three players for a statement.
    5. Incident allegedly happened the same night Pitt was playing in Buffalo, and there would have barely been enough time for this incident to have even possibly occurred.
    6. All three have been model student-atheletes at Pitt.

    How can Pitt suspend them based on this information? If such rush to judgments were the norm, then expect a lot of false police reports to be filled out before OSU-Mich, Florida-FSU, USC-UCLA, etc.

    Pitt suspended 7 players for a game this season for incidents that did not involve any police charges. If real evidence shows up, Pitt will take action. But the players are entitled to some defference as long as their complete denial is credible.

  8. hor2012 says: Nov 2, 2012 3:44 PM

    fitz79
    you’re a racist. There’s nothing here that would assure a conviction in a court of law

  9. irishdodger says: Nov 2, 2012 6:41 PM

    It’s one thing to disagree with another poster, but how is Fitz racist?

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