WSU AD Bill Moos issues statement on weekend incident where football players allegedly involved in assault

WASHINGTON STATE AD Bill Moos has issued a statement on an incident this past weekend where members of the football team were alleged to have been involved in an assault.

“In regards to the events that took place over the past weekend, the university was made aware of the situation shortly after the incident occurred,” said Moos in the statement issued by WSU SID.  “It is our understanding there is a thorough investigation underway by local law enforcement and we will cooperate fully as we take these matters seriously. In addition, facts are being gathered within the athletic department in order to provide assistance.

“We have high expectations for the conduct of WSU student-athletes, and treat any alleged allegations with the utmost transparency. The WSU athletic staff is in constant communication with the Office of the President and the Office of Student Life to ensure that university leadership is aware of the continuing investigation by local law enforcement. We will refrain from further comment until the findings of the investigation are complete.”

KREM2 TV in Spokane reported a WSU student accused three Cougar freshman football players of assault at a party at a house in Pullman on early Saturday morning. The players were not named in the KREM2 article. Pullman Police were unable to confirm whether or not WSU football players were involved, KREM2 said.

The Spokesman-Review on Monday reported that six Washington State football players are persons of interest after two students were hospitalized and more received minor injuries. Pullman police commander Chris Tennant said the police have confirmed WSU football players were present at the party but expected a lengthy investigation to determine their level of involvement and that the case has been turned over to detectives.

Mike Leach told on Monday afternoon the process was ongoing.

"We are just getting all of the facts and we will handle it internally," Leach told ESPN.

"We are at the very preliminary stages of this very complex investigation," Commander Chris Tennant of the Pullman Police Department told "We have more than a handful of names of WSU football players that were in attendance. We will be talking to all of them. But just because they were there doesn't mean they are guilty of something."

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