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Oklahoma Sooners center Akolda Manyang charged with felony assault and battery

Manyang charged with felony after late-night incident early on May 1.

Oklahoma Sooners center Akolda Manyang has been charged with one count of felony aggravated assault and battery following an incident in the early-morning hours on May 1.

The Norman Transcript first broke the news Thursday morning.

Based on court documents, Manyang allegedly got into an altercation with former Oklahoma offensive lineman Tyler Evans, who suffered two missing teeth, a lacerated lip and swelling from the incident. According to the affidavit, police encountered the victim at 3:40 after the incident occurred on Campus Corner. According to multiple witness statements in the affidavit, Evans did not provoke the attack.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn issued a warrant for arrest on May 4. Manyang turned himself in at the Cleveland County jail Thursday.

Manyang, a 7-footer center who transferred to Oklahoma before last season, averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in his first season with the Sooners. He left the team during the NCAA Tournament after the death of his brother, who reportedly committed suicide while in the care of a state treatment facility in Minnesota.

"We are aware of the matter, and Akolda has been indefinitely suspended from the team," the Oklahoma Athletics Department said in a statement.

After suffering an off-season foot injury that slowed his progress before his first season with Oklahoma, Manyang never developed into a key rotation player that one might envision the top-rated junior college center becoming for Oklahoma. He was still growing as a player late into the season and seemed to be playing at his highest level when he left the team in March.


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