Logan Tago, WSU's starting linebacker, was arrested Monday for assault and felony robbery.
Washington State linebacker Logan Tago was arrested on Monday on suspicion of felony robbery and second degree felony assault that occurred on June 4, the Seattle Times has confirmed Tuesday morning.
Pullman Radio first reported the news late Monday night. Tago was allegedly one of a group of men who mugged another man around California Street in Pullman on June 4 when they demanded that he give them the pack of beer he was carrying. The victim refused and his assailants allegedly assaulted him and stole the beer. The victim suffered a concussion in the attack. However, per Pullman Radio, the victim was able to identify Tago.
According to Pullman Radio, Pullman Police has identified several other persons of interest, but Tago is the only person who has been arrested in relation to this incident.
Tago, who is from American Samoa, is listed as a co-starter on the Cougars’ depth chart at the rush linebacker position. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound sophomore started at rush linebacker in the Cougars’ season opening defeat to EWU and also saw extensive time in WSU’s game at Boise State last weekend.
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Tago was arrested Monday when he arrived at police headquarters for an interview.
When asked Tuesday morning about Tago’s status for the Cougars’ game against Idaho this Saturday, WSU football coach Mike Leach declined to expound on the situation, saying only, “Anything we do with that will be handled internally. Anyone is innocent until proven guilty and I don’t need the media’s help on this.”
However, after football practice Tuesday night, Leach read for a prepared statement and accused Pullman police and the media of unfairly targeting WSU football players.
“I don’t know what happened. I don’t know any of the details. It happened four months ago. Why didn’t this surface four months ago?” Leach questioned, referring to Tago’s case.
The coach then referred to two other cases in which WSU football players have been accused of assault and said, “No one has been found guilty. Some have not been arrested. None are charged. Comments to the media have distorted the facts and already condemned football players in the court of public opinion.”
Tago’s case marks the third such incident of WSU football players allegedly being involved in assault incidents this summer. Pullman Police said Monday that they have recommended to the Whitman County Prosecutor that starting free safety Shalom Luani be charged for second degree assault for allegedly breaking a man’s nose in an altercation that occurred in August outside a pizza joint.
Meanwhile, Pullman Police are currently investigating a case from July in which several football players are accused of giving one WSU student a concussion and breaking another student’s jaw during a fight at an off-campus party.