On Monday USC dismissed wide receiver Victor Blackwell from the team. On Wednesday he was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence. Blackwell was booked in a Los Angeles police department with bail set at $50,000.
A woman claiming to be Blackwell’s girlfriend contacted police early Wednesday evening. The alleged victim claimed to have been punched several times in the face by Blackwell during an argument. The alleged victim also told police a chair was thrown at her during the heating argument. The alleged victim also told police her computer and cell phone had been smashed by her boyfriend.
USC head coach Steve Sarkisian told reporters Blackwell was removed from the team’s roster on Monday. According to reports, Sarkisian said Blackwell has not been a part of USC team functions since USC’s road loss at Boston College on September 13.
“The University of Southern California takes very seriously any report of violence or assault and does not tolerate any form of harassment, violence or intimidation,” Ainsley Carry, vice provost for student affairs, said in a statement released by USC (via Los Angeles Times). “The university is assisting the Los Angeles Police Department in its investigation of USC student Victor Blackwell. Our own student judicial process is confidential in compliance with federal privacy laws.”
Blackwell was a four-star recruit in USC’s Class of 2011, according to his Rivals profile page. In one game this season, Blackwell caught three passes for 54 yards. Last season he appeared in seven games and recorded four catches for 49 yards.