Head coach Greg Shiano announced on Tuesday that Rutgers cornerbacks Chris Long and Malachi Melton have been suspended ahead of the team’s game against No. 19 Michigan over a “paintball gun incident”.
Milton and Long were charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm for an illegal purpose during an incident Monday night and were taken into police custody Tuesday. NJ Advance Media..
“I was told that Chris Long and Malachi Melton had been taken into police custody this morning in connection with a paintball gun incident,” Xiano said in a statement. Both players have been suspended immediately.
Milton, the younger brother of Rutgers wide receiver Bo Melton, has started all three games for the Scarlet Knights this season, and has been a big part of the team’s first 3-0 start since 2012. For touchdowns, blocked pints, fumble recovery and eight tackles this season. He started six games for the Rutgers in 2020 as a true newcomer.
“It simply came to our notice then. [Melton]”Shiano said after the team’s 17-7 win over Syracuse in Week 2.” I really think it’s a great corner and it’s getting better every day. He is still young. What did he play, 12 college games? It’s the equivalent of a season. I think he can be really great if he keeps working his way up.
Milton was listed as a starter for the team’s Big Ten opener on Saturday, but Rutgers will now be one of his top defenders.
Long has been a backup, and has not recorded any stats this season.
Tuesday’s incident is the latest in a series of Rutgers football scandals in recent years.
Eight Rutgers players Either dismissed or suspended from the program. Following allegations of alleged involvement in a $ 11,000 credit card fraud scandal in 2018. According to a report, the players, including CJ Onechi and Nagee Jones, who are on the current list, were allegedly involved in a scheme in which credit card numbers were stolen and Rutgers for personal use. Funds were raised from “Express Accounts”. Through NJ Advance Media.
Shiano was placed in December 2019 with a mission statement to change the culture of the program. Shiano has helped improve the product in the field, but so far the program has not been safe from off-field scandals in his time.
Tuesday’s incident was the first to have legal implications. Last year, 15 athletes tested positive for COVID-19-which led to the program stopping volunteer exercise more than two weeks before training camp اور and the epidemic came from an off-campus party.