Just nine days from the start of the 2016 football season, one of WSU's key players on either side of the ball is facing a felony assault charge. Pullman Radio reports Shalom Luani was arrested and released for second degree assault early this morning after he reportedly punched a man in the face, breaking his nose at the Pullman Domino's.
Luani reportedly became verbally abusive inside the store around 1:30 a.m. when his order took too long. When people inside the store told him to leave, including a 20-year old man, he reportedly punched him. The victim was taken to the hospital by private car.
Luani was reportedly cooperative with Pullman police once they arrived. He was arrested and charged with second degree assault and has since been released.
The senior safety's arrest comes just weeks after football players were reportedly involved in a brawl at a party that resulted in a student's jaw being broken. No charges have been filed as a result of that incident.
Luani led the team in interceptions last year with four, including the game sealing pick against Oregon, and had 90 tackles, good for third on the team. No word on a possible punishment from the team for Luani but they are usually handled internally.
Second degree assault is a Class B felony and punishable by up to ten years in prison.