The Whitman County prosecutor has filed 2nd degree robbery and 4th degree assault charges against Logan Tago for his role in a June incident where beer was taken from a 23-year old man on College Hill. Tago and a group of other men reportedly assaulted the victim and then took the beer after he initially refused to give it up.
The prosecutor says they will not be speaking publicly about Tago’s case until it is resolved but the timeline for that was not made clear. Tago will make his first court appearance on October 28th at 10 a.m., according to the Seattle Times’ Stefanie Loh.
Second degree robbery is a Class B felony, 4th degree assault is a misdemeanor charge.
Whether we see Tago on the field this Saturday against UCLA is a big question, maybe not to his head coach though:
Leach on Tago's status for UCLA: "If I have anything to do with it, he’ll play till he’s proven guilty."— Stefanie Loh (@StefanieLoh) October 10, 2016
That’s consistent with what Leach’s said last month after three other players had already been arrested:
“Many of the statements are incomplete or totally false,” Leach said. “I'm going to do what I should have done in the first place, which is presume them innocent until proven guilty.”
We had previously heard from Bill Moos that the athletic department’s policy, though, is if a student-athlete is charged with a felony (which Tago is, there’s no such thing as a misdemeanor robbery charge in Washington) that they are ineligible to play. Leach’s statement, it seems, would run afoul of that policy.
But take a look at what the student-athlete handbook actually says about it:
From WSU’s Student-Athlete Handbook: pic.twitter.com/NO2SeMkqbB— John Blanchette (@JPBlanchette) October 10, 2016
“Until the facts of the incident are reviewed.”
This happened way back in June and Tago was arrested in September with charges being filed today. That would seem to be more than enough time for the athletic department to review everything ... in theory. Whether they have actually done it or what they consider to mesh with “until the facts of the incident are reviewed”, I’m not sure of. But a lot of time has passed even just since Tago was arrested, let alone the incident having occurred. We’ll likely find out whether he’s considered eligible when the team hits the field on Saturday.
As for Robert Barber and T.J. Fehoko’s case, we still don’t have an update on possible charges for them or what will happen with Barber’s appeal of his expulsion. We’ll get you that info as soon as it becomes available.