Griz senior safety Justin Strong was arrested for allegedly beating a Washington State student in Pullman, Washington, Saturday. KHQ-TV, a Spokane NBC affiliate, broke the news.
On Wednesday night, the Montana Athletic Department announced that Strong will be suspended for two games for "violating the student-athlete code of conduct."
The senior safety will be eligible to return to the field in the final home game of the season for Montana on Nov. 11 against Northern Colorado. He will miss games against Weber State and Northern Arizona, two of the top teams in the Big Sky Conference.
The report said Strong told police the victim assaulted him at a house party, and he hit the victim twice, once knocking him to the ground and a second time when the victim tried to get up. The victim suffered a fractured skull and was flown from Pullman to Spokane for treatment.
Strong was "booked" with second degree assault, a felony offense in Washington. He was booked into the Whitman County Jail and was released without bond. It was unclear if charges have been filed.
The Missoulian reported Strong’s bail was set at $50,000, but Strong was released during his first court appearance Monday.
The Montana Student-Athlete Code of Conduct states that a player is subject to immediate suspension if charged with a felony. There is no word on the state of Strong’s eligibility yet.
The Montana Kaimin will update this story as more information becomes available. Additional reporting on the story from Jackson Wagner.
Editor's note: The original headline for this story said charges had been filed against Strong. They have not been filed yet.