Football players involved in Simmons assault may face charges

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.