Mike Leach says Shalom Luani was "jumped by three people" in the incident outside Domino's Pizza that ended with Luani being arrested on second degree assault charges.
The story behind the assault case involving WSU Cougars safety Shalom Luani — who allegedly broke a man’s nose outside a Domino’s Pizza branch in Pullman on Wednesday — continues to evolve.
After he was arrested and charged with second degree felony assault on Wednesday, Luani took to his Facebook page and wrote a post apologizing to friends and family for disappointing them, but also hinting that he had a different side to the story.
Then, when pressed for details on the case after Thursday night’s football practice, WSU football coach Mike Leach told reporters, “The initial fact-finding sounds like he was jumped by three people, but we’ll wait till it unfolds.”
According to Pullman Police, Luani got agitated on Wednesday because his pizza order at Dominos was taking too long. Some other customers asked him to leave, and once outside, he got into a fight with a WSU student and broke the student’s nose.
Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman-Review reported after Thursday’s practice that Luani has been held out of football practice since the Domino’s incident and “appears to be suspended.” Leach would not comment on whether the safety would be available for WSU’s season opener at Martin Stadium against EWU on Sept. 3.