Two members of the Central Connecticut State University football team have been suspended from the team indefinitely after a confrontation with a neighbor who called 911 to file a complaint on the night of a college party.
This comes a day after the school announced those two football players, as well as two others, were suspended for one game after police said they busted a college party and found alcohol and smelled marijuana.
Police said they responded to a home on Roxbury Road in New Britain around 11 p.m. Saturday after receiving anonymous 911 calls reporting a loud college party.
When officers got to the home, which is near CCSU, they saw several people and some were yelling, “chug, chug, chug,” according to the police report.
Kenneth Keen, 21, Randall Laguerre, 21, Chika Chukwu, 20, of Glastonbury, 22-year-old Luke Ocasio, of Wethersfield, and 21-year-old Jose Garcia, of New London, were charged with second-degree breach of peace, and permitting a minor to possess alcohol, according to police.
Chukwu and Garcia have now been suspended from all athletic activities indefinitely after the university became aware of the confrontation, according to the school. When the woman told the university about what happened, school officials said they wanted to find out more about the incident.
When police went into the house to investigate that complaint Saturday, officers found a beer pong table and several empty beer cans.
Keen and Laguerre told NBC Connecticut that they were not the only home on the street hosting a party and said being a house of minorities and football players made them targets.
"We’re all good student athletes, we’ve never been in trouble before. This is our first citation with the school and we feel as though a lot of things is (sic) being blown out of proportion," Laguerre said.
New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell said there was no racial component to the arrest and his officers arrest people based on their behavior.
“We were at the same location just a week ago. We issued some infractions. We said this would not be tolerated," Wardwell said.
CCSU officials said Chukwu, Garcia, Keen and Laguerre are on the football team and Ocasio is a student, but is not on the team. They said the school is pursuing the matter vigorously.
The roster for the CCSU Blue Devils football team lists Laguerre and Keen as linebackers and Garcia and Chukwu as wide receivers.
The players will be suspended for the Sept. 16 game and will be required to do 10 hours of community service, in addition to completing one of the university's alcohol awareness programs.
Police said they also responded to the house on Saturday, Sept. 2, after receiving a complaint about a large party and said they issued citations.
CCSU said they have completed a review of the incident:
"Central Connecticut State University officials have completed their review of the September 9 incident involving four CCSU student-athletes. In line with University policies they have suspended the Blue Devil football players for one game, to be served on September 16. The players are required to perform 10 hours of community service. And they are also required to complete one of the University’s alcohol awareness programs.
CCSU takes its commitment to being a good neighbor seriously. We also believe it is our responsibility to educate our students about being good citizens, whether they are on or off campus."