UW Coach Chris Petersen evasive on accused players' future

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by CHRIS DANIELS / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 15, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 9:58 PM

SEATTLE - The season is several months away, but new UW Head Football Coach Chris Petersen is already getting tested.

UW football player Damore’ea Stringfellow will be arraigned Wednesday on three counts of assault and malicious mischief related to an incident on Super Bowl Sunday.  Court documents say Stringfellow, a Broncos fan, assaulted two UW students.  Those same documents say Husky quarterback Cyler Miles was with Stringfellow at the time, but has not been charged.

Yet, both have been held out of spring practices.

The outcome in the case, and how Petersen handles it, will likely be scrutinized.

His predecessors have been criticized, by fans, and media alike, for lack of discipline of student athletes who have committed serious crimes.

KING5 asked for his response Tuesday to the police report in the Stringfellow case.

“I’ve got no response,” said the coach, who admitted reading “some of it.”

Petersen said, as far as whether Miles is part of the team, “right now he’s not.”  Miles was expected to compete to be the Husky starter this fall.  He added that he has set no timetable for a discipline decision.

UW freshman Kelsea Clark told police she was hit by Stringfellow on February 2, but said Tuesday, “I’m glad we’re finally at the end of things” and that she forgives Stringfellow in the alleged attack.

“I don’t like to hold grudges,” she said.
 

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