Rutgers suspends 2 players following on-campus paintball incident
Rutgers has suspended 2 football players after they were charged in an incident in which police said 3 people were struck by paintballs from a passing vehicle.
Coach Greg Schiano suspended defensive backs Malachi “Max” Melton and Chris Long after they each were charged with 3 counts of aggravated assault and a weapons count, CBS Philly reported. The incident reportedly happened Monday night in the area of the school’s Livingston Campus in Piscataway, New Jersey.
This incident puts a bit of a damper on an otherwise positive start for Rutgers, which is 3-0 for the first time since 2012.
Melton, a starter, has 2 interceptions, a blocked punt, a fumble recovery and eight tackles this season. He had an interception return for a touchdown Sept. 4 against Temple, which was Rutgers’ first pick-six since 2017, ESPN reported.
Melton was previously listed as a starter on the depth chart for Saturday’s Big Ten opener at Michigan. He started 6 of the team’s 9 games as a true freshman in 2020. Long had appeared as a reserve in Rutgers’ first 3 games.