The Pittsburgh Panthers are set to face off against the fourth-ranked team in the nation this weekend but they could be without some of their biggest offensive weapons when they take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Panthers leading rusher Ray Graham and leading receiver Devin Street have been charged with assault and conspiracy following an incident that occurred at the end of last month. Starting defensive back Lafayette Pitts was also involved in the alleged confrontation.
Karl Olsheski, who is the alleged victim, stated to police that he was surrounded by the three players before exchanging words and getting cold clocked in the head by Street.
The Post-Gazette states:
In an interview with police, Mr. Olsheski said he was walking in Oakland with two women when Mr. Graham stopped him, said, “What’s up?” and uttered a racial slur. Mr. Olsheski said that he replied “nothing” and tried to leave but Mr. Graham, Mr. Street and Mr. Pitts surrounded him and then Mr. Street slugged him on the left side of the head, according to the criminal complaint.
The players were officially slapped with the charges Thursday night and a preliminary hearing is set for January 9th.
Street leads Pitt in receptions (50), receiving yards (695) and receiving touchdowns (4), while Graham leads the team in rushing yards (622) and rushing touchdowns (7).
Losing Street and Graham will be a devastating blow to the Panthers offense if the team decides to suspend the players for their off-the-field issues.