Katoa Involved In Off-Campus Altercation

Lynn Katoa's football career, and potentially his scholastic career, is on the sideline after the freshman linebacker at Colorado was arrested on assault charges Friday.

Lynn Katoa, one of the most highly touted recruits in the 2008 recruiting class at Colorado, turned himself in to authorities Friday, according to a news report in the Boulder Camera's online edition.

He was arrested for his alleged involvement in a violent altercation with another CU student off campus. Katoa was released on bond Friday, according to the Camera.

Though he'll be allowed to practice, CU head coach Dan Hawkins moved to keep Katoa from competition until the matter is resolved. The case will go through the court system, following Katoa's arrest, and will be reviewed by the university's Office of Judicial Affairs.

"We are mentoring our student athletes to be first class people, students, and athletes," Hawkins said in a released statement. "I do not condone our players engaging in violent personal altercations, or any illegal or unethical conduct."

Hawkins said he will support "both the legal system and our internal process with the Office of Judicial Affairs," in regards to Katoa's situation.

The arrest stems from an alleged altercation on Feb. 16. According to a Boulder Police report, BP officers responded to a first-degree assault and second-degree burglary that occurred in an apartment in the 1000 block of 12th Street at about 1 a.m.

Witnesses told police that a man, whom they reportedly identified as Katoa, "walked into the apartment, slammed one victim's head into a wall, then hit another victim with his fist. There were some accounts that the suspect was holding a rock at the time."

A victim was reportedly taken to a hospital, treated and released.

Last fall, another player, linebacker Mike Sipili, was suspended from school for a semester, ordered to serve community service and suspended for the fall season from the football team for his role in an off-campus altercation.

Katoa graduated from Cottonwood High in Salt Lake City a semester early to enroll in CU in January.

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