Football players involved in Simmons assault may face charges

Football players involved in Simmons assault may face charges »Play Video
Simmons found unconscious near the corner of Ash and Maple Street.
PULLMAN, WA - Pullman police have concluded their investigation of a fight that broke out between Washington State University and University of Idaho football players in March.

On March 24th, police found 20-year-old Cougars Wide Receiver Mansel Simmons unconscious near the corner of Ash and Maple Street. It was determined that four U of I football players came to a party on Maple Street, and a verbal argument started when a group of at least ten WSU players wanted them to leave.

"The actual fight, there was really only one punch thrown and that was thrown by the U of I player named Runner, which resulted in the injuries to Simmons," said Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant.

Police determined that 21-year-old Vandals Wide Receiver Roman Runner threw the punch. Simmons was hospitalized for facial fractures and a concussion, and his football career is over because of the injuries he sustained.

Police forwarded the findings of their investigation to the Whitman County prosecutor, recommending they charge Runner with second-degree assault, which is a felony, and Simmons with a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.