A WSU football player was arrested for assault after allegedly punching a fraternity member in the face when he was turned away from a party last weekend.
C.J. Mizell, an inside linebacker for the WSU football team, was arrested late Sunday night for fourth degree assault and second degree criminal trespass. Both are misdemeanors.
On Tuesday, WSU released a statement around 11:44 a.m. that read, "Washington State University Head Football Coach Mike Leach said Tuesday that sophomore linebacker C.J. Mizell is not being retained for violation of team policy."
Mizell is the second football player to be dismissed since Leach has become coach. T.J. Poloia was let go for an unspecified violation of team rules.
The Mizell incident occurred at 12:24 a.m. on Sunday at Delta Tau Delta, Cmdr. Chris Tennant of the Pullman Police Department said.
"The story from the fraternity members was that they were having a function and had a guest list," Tennant said.
Mizell and one other individual tried to get into the party, Tennant said, however they were not on the guest list and were turned away. There was a verbal disagreement, then Mizell allegedly assaulted one of the members.
Tennant said when the police arrived, one individual had a bloody nose, and Mizell had already left the scene.
Mizell was identified as the suspect, and was contacted by police Sunday night at his residence, Tennant said. The police heard his side of the story, then arrested him for assault and criminal trespassing.
He was put in a holding cell for about an hour before he was released on his own recognizance, Tennant said.
"(The incident) would be pretty unremarkable if he wasn't a football player," Tennant said.
Mizell played in 11 games this past season recording 56 tackles.