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.