5 Rutgers Football Players Among 7 Students Suspended After Arrests

Five Rutgers football players are among seven university students who were arrested yesterday on charges including assault and robbery.

All seven students have been suspended by the university, and the players have also been suspended from the team. One was charged in a home invasion and four others were charged with assaulting a group of people in New Brunswick in April.

"We have a speedy, but fair, review process that looks at the nature of actions taken by students that are illegal or that otherwise violate our code of student conduct," said Richard L. Edwards, chancellor of Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Prosecutors announced Thursday that 22-year-old defensive back Ruhann Peele, 20-year-old defensive back Nadir Barnwell, 20-year-old fullback Razohnn Gross and 22-year-old defensive back Delon Stephenson were charged with aggravated assault, riot and conspiracy to commit a riot for a fight that left a man with a broken jaw.

The Middlesex County prosecutor's office says 20-year-old defensive back Andre Boggs was charged in two home invasion robberies in April and May 2015. Former Rutgers player Tejay Johnson was charged in those cases as well.

"Our initial review indicates that, in these cases, the alleged behavior warrants an interim suspension until additional information becomes available," added Edwards.

According to the university, the students may appeal the suspensions.

Rutgers opens its season Saturday against Norfolk State.

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