2nd player tossed off URI football team amid fraternity assault probe

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A second player has been thrown off the University of Rhode Island football team after his alleged involvement in a violent assault on members of a campus fraternity over the weekend.

Barrett Lyons, 20, has been permanently removed from the URI football program, spokesperson Linda Acciardo confirmed Tuesday.

Both Lyons and Michael LeBlanc were arrested after an incident at the Chi Phi fraternity house shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday. LeBlanc had already been thrown off the team. Both face criminal charges of assault and disorderly conduct.

Barrett Lyons (left) and Michael LeBlanc (Photos: URI)
Barrett Lyons (left) and Michael LeBlanc (Photos: URI)

URI police officers had found a large fight had just occurred at the frat house. Several people were left with injuries. The university said six fraternity brothers were injured; three went to the hospital. Lyons and LeBlanc were taken into custody after police stopped a black pickup truck and questioned six people inside.

Details of the exact fight, or motives, remain untold. Acciardo said the incident remains an active, ongoing investigation. Besides charges in the criminal system, all those involved will also be processed through the university’s academic judicial system for possible further sanctions, which can range from a reprimand to a dismissal from the school, she said.

A third player, 18-year-old Nate Pauls of Hammonton, N.J., was suspended indefinitely; four additional players were suspended for the home game against Delaware this coming Saturday. All five also face hearings under the university’s academic judicial system.

Anyone with information about the incident Sunday is asked to contact Det. Mark Brasil at (401) 874-5580.

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