Rutgers football kicks 5 arrested players off the team
The five Rutgers football players implicated and charged with violent crimes this week have been kicked off the team.
Andre Boggs, Nadir Barnwell, Ruhan Peele, Razohnn Gross and Delon Stephenson were already suspended when charges were announced earlier this week. But coach Kyle Flood released a statement just before Saturday's season opener (tweeted by the Daily Targum's Kevin Xavier here) saying they're off the team.
Barnwell's the same player at the center of another scandal dogging flood — the under-investigation allegation that he improperly contacted a professor about Barnwell's grades and eligibility in violation of school and NCAA rules.
Authorities allege Barnwell, Peele, Gross and Stephenson all took part in an unprovoked attack on a group of people that left one fellow Rutgers student with a broken jaw. Boggs is accused of taking part in home invasions and thefts.
In all, 10 people were charged in the series of crimes — 7 of them current Rutgers students, and 5 of them current players. Ex-football players wee implicated as well, including Stephenson's older brother, Daryl, who remains at large.
Rutgers opened its season Saturday with a home game against Norfolk State at High Point Solutions Stadium.