Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 19, 2013

Concord 'fully cooperating' in probe after 3 arrested


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ATHENS — After the arrest of three Concord University former football players on Friday, the university issued a statement on Monday indicating that it will take “appropriate action.”

Russell Bailey Jr., Maricco Sanders and Riyahd Richardson were arrested Friday after an off-campus incident last Monday night, and spent Friday night in the Bluefield city jail, according to Deputy H.L. Walters of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

All three had been members of the Concord football team, and did not play on Saturday in the final game of the season.

The players “were immediately suspended from the team on (Friday) pending an investigation,” according to the statement. “The Concord University Athletic Department is fully cooperating with the investigating officers.”

“Both the university and the athletic department were disappointed to learn of the situation,” the statement continued.

“Concord University and its athletic department fully expect our athletes to be role models and leaders in the community and in no way condone the type of behavior for which these athletes have been charged and will take the appropriate action,” it said.

The three students were arrested on malicious wounding, petit larceny and conspiracy charges and were arraigned Saturday, Walters said.

She told the Daily Telegraph that as a result of a fight last Monday night at the site of the incident, “Victims had to be hospitalized. A firearm was present in the residence, but it was not discharged during the fight. The victims reported that money and a gun were taken from the residence.”

Monday’s statement said the athletics department will withhold further comment “at this time,” citing university policy “not to comment on open investigations.”