Police investigate weekend altercation



Jon Albert


As the men’s basketball team prepares for its season opener tomorrow night, Upper Merion Police are investigating an incident that involved freshman forward JayVaughn Pinkston and resulted in the hospitalization of at least one other Villanova student.

Upper Merion Police arrived at Bryn Mawr Hospital at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning in response to a reported assault that had occurred at a house on Keebler Road near Langdale Court in Upper Merion township, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

After learning where the altercation had occurred, Radnor Police called Upper Merion Police to Bryn Mawr Hospital, according to Upper Merion Police Lieutenant Jim Early.

Radnor Police and Villanova Public Safety were at the hospital already, along with the two other students involved in the incident, according to Upper Merion Police.

Police did not confirm whether both students were being treated for injuries. 

The University released a statement saying that it had been in contact with Upper Merion Township authorities and was currently gathering information on the events in question. 

“By the end of the week we’ll have an answer,” Upper Merion Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Maurer told the Associated Press. “This isn’t something we’re going to rush to make a decision on.”

Until then, the University said it is inappropriate for it to comment further, according to the statement.

Blogs and websites have reported that the incident occurred at a fraternity house, though the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life has not confirmed this.

While there is usually a curfew for players, there was not one Saturday night, according to Head Coach Jay Wright in an Associated Press report.

While Pinkston practiced with the team Tuesday, Wright told the AP that he was not yet sure of the freshman forward’s status for that game at press time.

This is the latest in a string of incidents involving the men’s basketball program. 

Graduated guard Reggie Redding was arrested in the summer of 2009 for possession of marijuana and was suspended for the first 10 games of the season.  

Senior guard Corey Stokes was cited for public urination in February, and former player Taylor King left the team in July after a violation of team rules. 

Pinkston, a 6-foot-7-inch power forward, was a McDonald’s All-American last season at Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Before the incident, he was expected to be a solid contributor off the bench in an expected nine-man rotation.

“He probably made a mistake,” Wright told the AP. “It surprised me a lot. He’s a great kid. It’s not like him.”

The Wildcats face Bucknell University at the Pavilion tomorrow at 8 p.m.