Three football players at South Carolina are reportedly accused of an assault at a bar in Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday morning.
According to the State, police say linebacker Jalen Dread, linebacker Skai Moore and wide receiver Deebo Samuel were allegedly confronted by a man after they allegedly knocked his phone out of his hand.
“The subjects then became agitated, refuting the accusation,” the report states. “After a few seconds, the incident escalated to the subjects physically assaulting him.”
The victim was hit several times in the face and had visible swelling around his left eye, police said. Bar staff pulled the men off the victim and escorted them from the bar, which is located at 812 Harden St. in the commercial district adjacent to the University of South Carolina campus.
The incident is under investigation and none of the three players are currently facing charges. The incident report notes the three were identified “by the fact” they were football players and there is reportedly surveillance footage of the alleged incident.
Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp told 247sports.com The State’s report is “incorrect.”
“We’re still kind of gathering the facts. I’ve been out of town, so been out of pocket,” Muschamp said. “I really don’t have any other comment other than I have talked to Deebo Samuel and he was not at the establishment. It’s an incorrect report and some irresponsible journalism in my opinion, but it is what it is.”
Samuel was South Carolina’s leading receiver in 2016 as a redshirt sophomore. He had 59 catches for 783 yards and a touchdown and also had six rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown.
Moore missed the 2016 season with a neck injury after leading the team in tackles in 2015. He’s set to return for his senior year in 2017 and is a projected starter. Dread was a sophomore in 2016 and didn’t record a tackle.
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