Hamline announces wide-reaching discipline after alleged assault | Crime
In the wake of felony assault charges stemming from an altercation in a team hotel, Hamline University issued a statement announcing wide-reaching discipline for their men's basketball program.
Eugene Lawrence, a first-year forward from New Orleans, is accused of hitting a woman so hard it broke her jaw on New Year's Eve, when the team was in town for a tournament at Whitworth University. After the young woman returned to consciousness, Lawrence and other members of the team allegedly refused to escort her to the hospital because it was past curfew.
“Eugene Lawrence has been released to the custody of his parents in his home state,” the statement said. “Fourteen students face disciplinary procedures for student handbook violations and team suspensions of varying lengths of time for violating standards set forth in Hamline's athletic code of conduct.”
The statement also said that the team's head coach is suspended indefinitely, and they will be forfeiting the team's scheduled game on Saturday.
“This is an extraordinarily serious incident and we are treating it as such. We hold our players to the highest standards as students, athletes, and citizens. Behavior contrary to the principles set forth in our codes of conduct will not be tolerated,” the statement concludes.