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 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.