Once again, Darren Carrington and off-field incident are walking hand-in-hand in the headlines.
A 2016 UO business school graduate, Mike Holland, told The Oregonian that the Oregon wide receiver pushed him off a curb Halloween weekend, resulting in the 22-year-old suffering a broken arm. The incident was witnessed by three other unidentified individuals, who all corroborated the attack to the newspaper.
University officials, including head coach Mark Helfrich, are aware of the allegation, while the Eugene Police Department said the incident remains under investigation.
Holland stated that he believes it was a case of mistaken identity that led to Carrington engaging him physically. There’s was no doubt amongst the four, though, that it was the Ducks receiver as a shirtless Carrington, with his surname tattooed on his back, identified himself to the group after the shove.
From the paper’s report:
They said Carrington yelled at the group that he’d “heard what you said about me” from a car. Holland said the group did not have a car that night and believes that Carrington confused Holland or his group with someone else.
They said they saw a shoulder-width tattoo of Carrington’s last name on his back, because he was shirtless. After the alleged shove, Holland and witnesses also said Carrington began yelling at the group as they began walking to the hospital, saying, “‘I’m Darren Carrington, No. 7, wide receiver for the Ducks, that’s right, Darren Carrington, San Diego, California,'” Holland said.
Carrington is currently second on the Ducks in receptions (35) and receiving yards (493). A redshirt junior, the 6-2, 186-pound Carrington is widely expected to forego his remaining collegiate eligibility and make himself available for the 2017 NFL draft.
A failed drug test not only caused Carrington to miss the College Football Playoff championship game against Ohio State following the 2014 regular season, it also sidelined him for the first half of the 2015 season. He was also cited for an open container violation in early October of last year just as he was set to return from the suspension.