2 USC Basketball Players Allegedly Involved In Bar Fight Following Loss To Washington State
SPOKANE, Wash. (CBSLA.com) — At least two University of Southern California men’s basketball players were involved in a pair of bar fights over the weekend following a game in Spokane, Washington, witnesses said.
The fights allegedly occurred in downtown Spokane on Saturday night following USC’s 76-51 loss to the Washington State Cougars.
The first fight of the night allegedly started at MarQuee Lounge earlier in the evening, according to local CBS affiliate KREM.
Several officers later responded to a second fight that started after closing time outside of The Wave bar.
“It was a large fight. Witnesses said it was probably 20 people,” Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Monique Cotton told KNX 1070. “Witnesses did report that they thought it was USC player involvement.”
Four people, including two women, were injured and sought treatment at a local hospital, according to KREM.
“We had a person knocked out cold, a female employee who suffered a broken nose and another employee with a broken jaw as well,” Noel Macapagal, an employee of The Wave, told the Seattle Times.
Spectators said at least two men involved in the fight were over 7 feet tall, weighed at least 200 pounds and claimed USC affiliation. It was unclear what started either brawl.
“We have to take everything at face value though and have to investigate to the fullest to insure that we have the right individuals that may have been part of this,” Cotton said.
No arrests have been made and Spokane police have not confirmed that USC players were involved. The fight, which could result in assault charges, is being investigated by the Department’s Major Crimes Unit.
USC interim coach Bob Cantu acknowledged that two players, James Blasczyk and Dewayne Dedmon, were “suspended indefinitely from all team activities because of a violation of a team rule.”
“Separately, we are aware of the Spokane investigation into an alleged incident involving those players and we are cooperating with the authorities to determine the facts,” the statement read. “Until we learn all the facts, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
It was unclear whether the suspension was a result of the Spokane incidents.
The Trojans are next scheduled to play in the PAC-12 Tournament in Las Vegas Wednesday.