Leonte Carroo is indefinitely suspended, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood told reporters Sunday. And now we know why.
The Rutgers University Police Department released a statement Monday confirming that Carroo, the Scarlet Knights' star wide receiver, was arrested after Saturday's game and charged with simple assault under domestic violence.
Flood wouldn't go into details about why Carroo had been suspended and refused to talk much about it during his weekly press conference Monday.
Carroo is the latest in a seemingly ever-growing number of Rutgers players to be arrested in the past few weeks. Of course, this incident has nothing to do with the arrests made of five Rutgers players shortly before the season-opener, when four players were charged with assault and another with robbery stemming from a home invasion. All five were dismissed from the program right before the Week 1 game against Norfolk State. Another player, a walk-on, was dismissed last week.
This is Carroo's second suspension of the season. He, along with several teammates, was suspended for the first half of the season-opener following a curfew violation.
Carroo was one of the Big Ten's top receivers a season ago and a near-unanimous pick by many media members to be one of its best in 2015. After his half-long suspension ended at halftime of the opener, he caught three passes for 129 yards and a trio of touchdowns.
Flood spoke Monday, prior to the police statement, and he was asked whether the string of off-field incidents involving his players reflects on him.
"As the head coach, everything ultimately reflects on you, and it's part of the job. If you shy away from that, you probably shouldn't do the job," he said. "But I'm very comfortable that the people that know our program, the people who are invested in our program and the people that spend time with our program know the quality and the high-quality of the young men that we have down in that locker room right now.
"Working with young people for a living, we constantly are reminding them to put themselves in good positions, put themselves in good places, to make great decisions. Just like I do my own son. Just like do I my own daughter. Just like my dad did for me when I was growing up. And when they make mistakes does it hurt? It hurts. But it doesn't mean we stop loving them. And it doesn't mean we stop educating the young people that are in that locker room right now. No different than my father didn't stop loving me when I made mistakes growing up. No different than I don't stop loving my children when they make mistakes."
The off-field news — all of it negative — won't stop coming. In addition to the arrests and dismissals and suspensions, Flood is being investigated by the university for potentially violating a school rule that prohibits coaches from contacting faculty members regarding the grades of student-athletes. The player at the center of that investigation was one of the five players dismissed after those arrests.