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Cal’s Damariay Drew facing felony charges after punching man, kicking dog

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Thanks to a recent incident, yet another college football player is facing some very serious charges  after a verbal altercation turned violent.

The latest to find himself in the legal crosshairs is Cal’s Damariay Drew, who was charged this past Monday following an incident earlier this month. Specifically, the charges against the safety are battery with serious bodily injury and inflicting great bodily injury in the commission of a felony.

A $100,000 bond was posted for Drew Saturday, one day after his arrest.

As for the details of the incident that led to the arrest and charges, here’s the Contra Costa Times‘ account:

During an afternoon fundraiser May 4 at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at 2722 Bancroft Way, Drew and the victim “exchanged words,” according to a sworn affidavit from Berkeley police Sgt. Peter Hong. The victim had his dog, a 20-pound Jack Russell terrier mix, with him.

“The victim said Drew kicked the dog. Drew said the dog had bit him,” Hong wrote in the affidavit. The victim sought medical attention, then filed a report with police Tuesday, according to a Berkeley police spokeswoman.

As a result of the charges, head coach Sonny Dykes has indefinitely suspended Drew from the football program.

Said the university in a statement, “We are aware of the incident involving Damariay Drew. We are tracking the case and fully cooperating with the Berkeley Police Department in its investigation.”

Drew, a three-star member of Cal’s 2012 recruiting class, played in all 12 games in 2013 after redshirting as a true freshman. He is — or at least was — expected to, if not win a starting job outright, play a significant role in the Bears’ secondary this coming season.

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5 Responses to “Cal’s Damariay Drew facing felony charges after punching man, kicking dog”
  1. dhardy8207 says: May 15, 2014 10:36 AM

    Ok… must be some info missing in this article. All this states is the dog was kicked, nothing about anyone else getting “punched”.

    “Specifically, the charges against the safety are battery with serious bodily injury and inflicting great bodily injury in the commission of a felony”

    A description of the victim’s injuries might better explain why a felony charge was filed.

  2. dryzzt23 says: May 15, 2014 11:11 AM

    Where is PETA’s outrage? Oh I forgot, this kid is black and he is a democrat so it’s ok.

  3. dryzzt23 says: May 15, 2014 11:16 AM

    How about this…a player commits a crime, regardless of whether it’s a felony, misdemeanor, or charged with anything, and his scholarship is pulled immediately.
    That should cause players to not put themselves in a position to get arrested and charged.

    I’m tired of the “oh but he’s just a kid” and “oh well didn’t you do the same stuff when you were his age” excuses. It is time for them to act like responsible citizens, not prima donnas looking for a free ride through life.

  4. xmen1906 says: May 15, 2014 12:40 PM

    If the dog bit him, it deserved to be kick. I know you think your dog is lovie dovie but not everyone likes dogs.

    Control your dog.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: May 15, 2014 3:08 PM

    OMG people… read the root article…. he apparently punched the guy so hard, he needs facial reconstruction surgery.


    Two things… First, are you really trying to say the PETA would condone a black democrat kicking a dog….?

    Second, I don’t recall the story mentioning his political affiliation…

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