WKU FOOTBALL | Current And Former Players Indicted From March Altercation

06/01/2017 12:23 PM

Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced that a Warren County grand jury has indicted seven current and former WKU football players.

In the early morning hours of March 5, 2017, the players allegedly went to the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house at Western Kentucky University and according to the police report, assaulted a now alumnus of the fraternity.

Those indicted May 31 were Quinton Baker (who pleaded ‘guilty’ in 2016 to DUI and marijuana possession charges), Xavier Lane, Tyler Obee, and Cecil Stallings.

Those players were each charged with complicity to wanton endangerment, first degree; complicity to assault, fourth degree; and criminal trespassing, third degree. Wanton endangerment, first degree, is a Class D felony carrying a penalty of one to five years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000.

Andrew O’Bryan was charged with menacing, and criminal trespass, third degree.

Jachour Pearson, and Christopher Johnson, were each charged with criminal trespassing, third degree.

Beshear’s Special Prosecutions Unit is handling the case.

A bond amount has not yet been set, nor an arraignment date scheduled.

Kyle Neaves, the WKU football Sports Information Director, sent a release saying, “Six WKU student-athletes, Quinton Baker, Chris Johnson, Xavier Lane, Tyler Obee, Jahcour Pearson, and Cecil Stallings, have been suspended indefinitely from all team-related activities pending further developments.”

Baker is a sophomore running back, poised to start the 2017 season. He played in all 14 games in 2016 and rushed for over 500 yards and four touchdowns. Johnson is senior defensive lineman, who played in all 14 games in 2016. He finished with 43 total tackles, 20 solo. He had four sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. Lane is a red shirt freshman wide receiver, Obee is a red shirt freshman linebacker, Pearson is a red shirt freshman wide receiver, and Stallings is a red shirt freshman defensive lineman.

The attorney representing Baker, Lane and Obee released a statement:

“It is disappointing that my clients put themselves in the position they’re in. However, there is always two sides to the story and this is not a situation where an innocent victim was maliciously targeted by these young men. Two of their teammates were assaulted the evening before at the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity house, one of which was repeatedly referred to as a racial epithet. When it did not appear that the campus police were interested in intervening, my clients returned to confront the fraternity members Sunday evening. Rather than contact the police when the fraternity members noticed that several players were present or step outside to address the situation, the members contacted Mr. Armfield, who is an alumnus in his middle 30’s and apparently the “chapter security.” Mr. Armfield also did not see fit to contact the police and arrived to the fraternity house nearly instantaneously in order to assert his authority. Obviously, it did not go well. Representatives of the Pike chapter and WKU football program acknowledged the poor decisions made by both sides over the course of the weekend in question and attempted to make amends. Despite these efforts, it has been apparent that Mr. Armfield has sought to publicize the events by engaging in multiple interviews and public statements which until now have been completely one sided. It is puzzling that Mr. Armfield has continued to call for accountability as to my clients but failed to request any accountability for the violent and racial actions of his fraternity members. We look forward to the opportunity to present our case to a jury, if necessary, and fully expect these young men to be exonerated from any and all felony charges.”

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