Four members of the Long Island University Brooklyn men’s basketball team, including last season’s three leading scorers, were arrested last week and charged with assault after an on-campus fight, police said.
Jamal Olasewere, 21, was charged with four counts of assault, while Carl Garner, 22, Julian Boyd, 22, and Troy Joseph, 21, were each charged with three counts, according to Officer Markowski in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, who declined to provide her first name citing a department policy.
She said all four were members of the school’s basketball team, which has played in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament the past two seasons.
Athletic Director John Suarez said in an e-mailed statement that four members of the men’s basketball team had been suspended indefinitely.
“No other student-athletes were implicated in this incident,” Suarez said. “Until all legal and appeals processes have been completed, we will not comment further on this matter.”
School spokesman Daniel Lobacz said he couldn’t identify the names of the students, citing the legal process. Markowski said police didn’t have contact information for lawyers representing the players.
The alleged assault occurred at a back-to-school event in a campus building at 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 15, Markowski said in a telephone interview. A verbal argument escalated into a fight between members of the basketball team and other students.
Three men and two women all sustained minor injuries, Markowski said. Three victims were taken to a local hospital and the other two were treated at the scene.
The Blackbirds won the Northeast Conference championship the last two seasons, gaining entry into the NCAA tournament. The team lost both times in the Round of 64, to the University of North Carolina in 2011 and to Michigan State University this year.
Boyd averaged 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last year, both team highs. Olasewere’s 16.9 points and 7.5 rebounds were second in both categories, while Garner averaged 12.6 points per game, the only other Blackbird to average double-digits in scoring.
Joseph didn’t play in 2011-12 due to injury, according to his bio page in the school’s basketball media guide.