By Christian Caple The News Tribune
SEATTLE — University of Washington football players Cyler Miles and Damore’ea Stringfellow have been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
New head coach Chris Petersen announced the suspensions on Thursday. The school said Petersen would have no further comment on the matter and did not specify what caused the violation.
Miles, who will be a third-year sophomore next season, is from Centennial, Colo., and was viewed as the favorite to win the starting quarterback job this year. Stringfellow, who will be a sophomore, is from Perris, Calif., and caught 20 passes for 259 yards last season as a freshman.
The suspensions come after a man accused two UW football players of assaulting him in the University district on Sunday night after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. The names of the players involved in the alleged assault have not been released and have been redacted in the Feb. 3 Seattle police report. According to jail records, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.
The man alleging the assault told police he was walking with his girlfriend in the 2300 block of NE 55th Street about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when two men riding in a white, mid-90s sedan exited the vehicle and confronted them.
According to police, the two asked the man and his girlfriend if they were Seahawks fans. The man responded that they were, and asked the two if they were Broncos fans. The men from the car then allegedly cut off the man and his girlfriend as they tried to walk away, “got in their face” and shoved the man into a bush, according to the police report.
When the man pushed back, both men from the car “came at him” and landed multiple punches to his face. A female who was driving the white sedan screamed at the two alleged attackers to get back in the car, the police report says.
After neighbors ran into the street to assist the victim, the suspects got in the white sedan and left. The victim sustained “significant bruising” to his left eye and chin/cheek area and his zip-up jacket was ripped, according to the police report.
Using a UW football roster, the victim identified two players as his alleged attackers, according to police. Both suspects were desbribed in the police report as wearing dark clothing, and one of them was wearing a black, long-sleeved shirt with the UW logo on the right chest area. The victim and his girlfriend both told police they were “positive” of the identity of one of their suspects, and the victim said he was “almost positive” of the identity of the second suspect.
When the victim told a friend about what happened, the friend told him it sounded like the man’s alleged attackers also might have been involved in an earlier “scuffle” near a couch-burning celebration at NE 47th Street and 19th Avenue NE. At the couch-burning altercation, a witness saw a female fall to the ground and heard someone yell, “yo, string, let’s go,” according to the police report.