SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Columbia police are investigating an early Saturday morning incident in which two current, and one former, South Carolina football players are accused of assaulting a customer at a bar in the Capital City’s Five Points district.
The Associated Press reports that no charges have been made in the incident and notes that Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said the inquiry was ongoing.
USC head coach Will Muschamp commented late Tuesday afternoon on the matter saying he’s still gathering facts after returning from an out of town trip.
However, Muschamp did say that one of those accused, wide receiver Deebo Samuel, told him he was not at the scene of the incident.
Earlier Tuesday the AP and The State newspaper named Samuel along with linebacker Skai Moore and former linebacker Jalen Dread as those allegedly involved.
The incident report notes that the alleged victim states that a verbal altercation turned physical inside the bar in which he was assaulted by three subjects leaving physical injuries to his face.
The State reports that the alleged assault occurred just after 3 AM Saturday at the Five Points Saloon and that a Columbia police spokeswoman could not say Tuesday if those accused had been interviewed by investigators.
The State adds that the 24-year-old alleged victim is described by family members as a Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan.
Samuel led the Gamecocks with 59 receptions and 783 yards in 2016 as a sophomore.
Moore, a junior linebacker, sat out the 2016 season following neck fusion surgery.