BY Adam Lewis 04:40PM 02/06/2014

2 top Huskies suspended after assault claim

University of Washington football coach Chris Petersen has indefinitely suspended QB Cyler Miles and WR Damore’ea Stringfellow for violating team rules, the school said Thursday. Seattle police are investigating an alleged assault that occurred at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night near the 2300 block of NE 55th Street. No arrests have been made.

Per a police report in which names were redacted, the male accuser told police that he and his girlfriend were walking eastbound near the UW campus after the Super Bowl when a white 1990s sedan pulled up behind them. Two men allegedly stepped out and approached.

The suspects asked if the couple were Seahawks fans, to which the accusers said something to the effect of, “Yeah, of course. Are you Broncos fans?”

The accuser told police he and his girlfriend tried to walk away, but the men stepped in front, cutting them off. The man said the suspects “came at” him, then allegedly punched him repeatedly in the face. When police arrived, the accuser had cuts on his neck and significant bruises to his left eye and chin/cheek area.

During the altercation, the female driver of the white sedan yelled at the suspects to get back in the car. When neighbors came out to assist the accuser and his girlfriend, they did, and the car sped off eastbound.

Per the report, the accuser and a friend identified the players by looking at online photos of the UW roster.

The report identifies Stringfellow as a suspect in an alleged assault that occurred earlier Sunday night during a couch-burning bonfire party at NE 47th Street and 19th Avenue NE. According to the report, a female fell to the ground after a scuffle, though the redacted names make it impossible to discern if she was in the altercation, or an innocent bystander.

A redacted name in the report said both suspects were wearing dark clothing and one was wearing a black long-sleeve shirt with a UW insignia on the chest.

The suspect was also seen at the party in a Broncos hat.

The school said in its release that Petersen, players and department officials won’t have any further comment for now.

Miles, a redshirt sophomore next season, was expected to become UW’s next starting quarterback. As a backup in 2013, the Centennial, CO., native appeared in eight games and passed for 418 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. In his only start, he went 15 of 24 for 162 yards and touchdown in the Huskies’ 69-27 road win against Oregon State.

As a freshman last season, Stringfellow showed flashes of explosiveness while catching 20 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. In a 41-31 loss to UCLA, he made eight grabs, racking up 147 yards and a touchdown.


  • 1coolguy

    Looks like “String” and Miles have suddenly used up their eligibility.
    Way to go you knuckleheads.
    If these are the perps, UW needs to have them apologize , in person, to each of these individuals, then give them a one-way ticket back home.
    Definition of Dumb and Dumber……………

    • birdman


    • ll9956

      These guys committed the ultimate stupid act. The suspension is appropriate. If they are arrested and convicted a more severe punishment must be meted out– possibly being kicked off the team. This type of behavior is simply unacceptable.

      • 1coolguy

        With Petersen it’s a given.
        No one is bigger than the team.

  • RadioGuy

    Looking forward, who’s the frontrunner between Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams as the UW’s starting quarterback in 2014? This is assuming Chris Petersen doesn’t adopt the sort of wrist-slapping we’ve previously seen under the guise of coaching discipline when talented miscreants are involved.

    • 1coolguy

      Right on

  • notaboomer

    presumption of innocence is so 20th century.

    • oldfan

      I don’t actually see anyone proposing a lynching.
      The police were involved, victims Identified them, suspensions are warranted. Once the justice system is through with them the University can decide what it wants to do.
      If it’s true, and these two were responding to a loss by the team they were watching, how will they respond on the field? Chris Peterson was coaching at Boise State when Oregon’s LaGarrett Blunt had his melt down, I can’t imagine he’ll want such immature players around.

      • 1coolguy

        If they are found guilty, the speed they are thrown out will earn them the nicknames “SR-71’s”

        • oldfan

          I hope you are right. For 15 years this team’s leadership has swung from permissive to oppressive and back to permissive. Hopefully we can now achieve a balanced culture of enjoyable college experience for the players while requiring they take responsibility for their own actions.

    • rosetta_stoned

      Presumption of innocence is applicable to a courtroom and a courtroom only.

      Anybody else can judge innocence or guilt however they see fit.

  • jafabian

    I’ll reserve judgement until more info comes out. That doesn’t make sense to me that these two would come up to two people and attack them for no reason other than their pro football preference. To me though, if this is the case then that’s reason to boot them from the team. That’s something a Trojan would do….

  • Buddy

    While I’d like to believe Peterson would boot these two immediately IF these charges are true…’s not going to happen……he and UW are too desperate to win immediately and these two knuckleheads are critical elements for instant success. “Indefinite Suspension” sounds tough but it really just means missing spring practice while waiting for the heat to die down and then reinstating them with maybe a one game suspension to start the season. Hope I’m wrong but I doubt it…….money drives the decision making process……not right and wrong.