Four Towson football players suspended Altercation at pub results in various charges

October 17, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

A nightmarish 1997 football season continued for Towson University early this week when four players were suspended after they were arrested on various charges following an early morning altercation Oct. 9 outside of Gator's Pub on York Road.

Among the four arrested was senior linebacker Jim Colongo, the team's leading tackler and only preseason first-team All-Patriot League choice.

The off-campus incident occurred one week after the Tigers (1-4) had to forfeit a victory over Holy Cross because of the use of an academically ineligible player.

Colongo, one of five Towson captains, was charged with disorderly conduct in a public place and resisting arrest during the 1: 50 a.m. incident following a scuffle inside the pub at 5914 York Road, which is close to the city-county line.

On June 5, Colongo was charged with indecent exposure and received probation before judgment on Sept. 3.

The three other players involved with Colongo in the Oct. 9 incident were starting senior linebacker Barrett Sullivan, second-team sophomore free safety Drew Interdonato and freshman snapper Mike Wilson.

Interdonato faces the most serious counts. He is charged with two counts of second-degree assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct in a public place and resisting arrest.

Sullivan was charged with disorderly conduct in a public place and failure to obey police.

Wilson was charged with disorderly conduct in a public place, failure to obey police and resisting arrest.

Towson coach Gordy Combs said last night he has suspended three of the players for tomorrow's 1 p.m. homecoming game against Robert Morris and the fourth player has been suspended indefinitely.

Combs and Towson athletic director Wayne Edwards said they could not say which player had been suspended indefinitely.

"Somebody has more serious charges than the others," said Edwards. "But those charges could be dropped at any time, making it a day-to-day situation following this week's game."

Combs said his decision to suspend the players was "an easy one. It was cut and dried."

"These players were in the wrong place at the wrong time and made a bad decision," Combs said. "It doesn't mean they're bad people. They put themselves in a bad position, got caught and now they have to suffer the consequences. When you suspend players, innocent people suffer but that's part of life. I hate to take a game away from anybody."

The four players were released on their own recognizance pending trial. Charging documents for Sullivan and Interdonato, who have Nov. 11 trial dates, also specified they stay out of Gator's Pub. Wilson's trial date is Nov. 13 and Colongo's trial date is Nov. 20.

Pub Date: 10/17/97

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