Washington State sophomore linebacker Logan Tago was arrested for felony robbery and assault Monday night, according to a report from PullmanRadio.com.
The arrest stems back to an incident this summer when a 23-year old Pullman man told police that he was mugged of his case of beer in the early morning hours of June 4. The victim told police he was walking on California Street at 1:30 a.m. when he was confronted by a group of men demanding for his beer. When he refused to give up his alcohol, the man was allegedly assaulted by the group who stole his beer and left him concussed on the street. The victim positively ID’d Tago as one of the suspects.
After several months of investigating, Pullman Police obtained enough evidence to arrest Tago Monday for 2nd degree robbery and assault when he arrived at the police department for another interview with detectives.
For Washington State, this is the third run-in with the Pullman Police Department in the past four months. No arrests have been made after a group of football players were caught on tape involved in a house party fight in July which left one WSU student with a broken jaw. Senior safety Shalom Luani was arrested and is likely to face a 2nd degree felony assault charge after allegedly breaking the nose of a WSU student outside of Domino’s Pizza last month.
The news of Tago’s arrest comes just hours after Cougar Head Coach Mike Leach ripped his team’s lack of maturity during his Monday press conference following a 31-28 loss to Boise State.
Mike Leach says "I really don't care" that players say they've learned their lessons. Coaches are sure they have not.— Jacob Thorpe (@JacobThorpeSR) September 12, 2016
"I just think we have a very immature team and I don't think we handle success well. Mentally we overindulged last year's success." -- Leach— Jacob Thorpe (@JacobThorpeSR) September 12, 2016
Tago has been listed as the first string RUSH linebacker with junior Dylan Hanser on WSU’s depth chart. Through two games, Tago has recorded seven tackles, including four against Eastern Washington back on September 3.
If precedent is in play, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Tago disciplined similarly to how Luani was after his arrest; the starting safety didn't suit up against Eastern Washington. The team will surely deal with the matter internally, as it always does.
Where it gets interesting is that technically Tago broke one of Leach’s three rules that would get him kicked off the football team. Leach’s trio of rules, in case anybody forgot, are:
- No violence towards women
- No illegal drug use
- No stealing
Tago faces 2nd degree robbery charges for stealing a man’s case of beer. This is where Leach’s discretion on the incident comes into play. On one hand, Tago didn’t steal from a store or business, which seems like a surefire way to get booted from the team. On the other hand, however, he’s a minor accused of stealing beer from a man who was left with a concussion in the process.
If Leach thinks his team is distracted right now, arrests like Luani and Tago’s certainly don’t help the chemistry inside of the locker room of a team still looking for its first win of the season.