PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s head football coach Mike Leach has accused the Pullman Police of targeting his players, but police disagree.
Linebacker Logan Tago was arrested for assault and robbery and back in August safety Shalom Luani was arrested for assault. Pullman police said he hit another WSU student after an argument over a pizza order. Police are also still investigating a fight at a house party in late July where football players were involved.
Coach Leach said his players have been singled out ever since the fight.
“If the other guilty parties are not accused or charged there needs to be an extensive investigation as to why. How in the world can only football parties be guilty in events depicted like this? It is irresponsible to this town, to this community and everybody to have some kind of a double standard where we only focus on one demographic,” Leach said.
Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said this is not true.
"I have high expectations for my staff and that there is no double standard in Pullman," said Jenkins.
He said those expectations include not targeting anyone based on race, ethnicity or even their status as a student athlete. He adds he has been monitoring these recent cases closely and has not seen any sign of bias from his investigators.
“My staff is not permitted to target anyone for any reason other than their actions," said Jenkins.
Jenkins said he has a good relationship with Coach Leach and he does not think it will change. As far as the investigation goes into the house party brawl, Jenkins said they plan on wrapping up the investigation by the end of the week.
WSU released a statement Wednesday from Athletic Director Bill Moos in response to the recent incidents:
"We are well aware of recent incidents involving Washington State football, including many details associated with each incident that have not been reported. We take such allegations very seriously and, as always, we will fully cooperate with local authorities. We intend to respect the legal process and all the rights guaranteed to everyone involved. Until the full legal process has reached completion, WSU Athletics will have no further comment on these matters. We believe such a position is fair to all parties and best protects the integrity of the legal process."