Team suspends three facing charges in fight
CORVALLIS, ORe. — Three Oregon State football players were arraigned on misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges Monday, and coach Mike Riley said they were suspended from the team.
The status of Rudolf Fifita, Mana Rosa and Dyllon Mafi for the Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl matchup with Texas is uncertain.
“They’re suspended right now and probably will remain that way,” Riley said.
The three players allegedly were involved in a fight at the Impulse Bar & Grill in Corvallis early Saturday morning. One of the two victims said Fifita, a senior defensive end from Euless, punched him in the face after an argument in the restroom.
According to the affidavit, Rosa, a junior defensive tackle from Haiku, Hawaii, and Mafi, a junior linebacker from Oakland, Calif., were identified as suspects who joined the fight. The players were arrested after fleeing the bar and running south across the OSU campus.
All had shed clothing and changed hairstyles before a Corvallis police officer detained them.
All three players face two counts of fourthdegree assault and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct. Mafi faces an additional charge of misrepresentation of age by minor and also was cited for minor in possession of alcohol.
Fifita had been one of the unsung heroes of a much-improved OSU defense. He had 13 tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and was third on the team in sacks (2½) and fourth in tackles for loss (5½). Rosa had four tackles and a sack; Mafi had three tackles and a forced fumble.