Rhode Island guard Stanford Robinson turned himself in to police last Friday and has been charged with three misdemeanors, stemming from an incident at an on-campus concert in September, the Providence Journal reports.
Robinson was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and simple assault, and is due in court on Nov. 26.
The university released the following statement:
The Journal details the incident, which also involved assistant coach Tyron Boswell:
Robinson, 22, is alleged to have struck South Kingstown officer Justin Martin in the face, one of two incidents detailed in a lengthy previous arrest report involving URI assistant coach Tyron Boswell. He was taken into custody on the night in question, charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and placed on administrative leave in accordance with university policy. Boswell has since been reinstated and returned to the team after resolving his legal case, pleading no contest to the charge of disorderly conduct and having the charge of resisting arrest dismissed.
Police said Robinson was being restrained by other male subjects and was “acting in an aggressive manner, yelling, swearing and punching a bathroom stall.” Police said Boswell attempted to intervene on Robinson’s behalf. According to the report, Boswell told police he was “trying to protect his kids.”
The Journal reports that his status for the Rams’ season opener Friday against UNC Asheville is unknown.
Robinson played 30 minutes and scored seven points in Rhode Island’s exhibition victory over Buffalo on Oct. 28.
The Rams are the preseason favorites in the Atlantic 10, and Robinson figures to be a major factor in their rotation. If he is suspended for an extended period of time, it will almost certainly throw a wrench into Dan Hurley’s plans. Robinson had perhaps his best game of the season last year against Oregon in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. He scored 21 points on 10-12 shooting over 22 minutes.
Fortunately for the Rams, they are a guard-heavy team behind league Player of the Year candidate EC Matthews and fellow senior Jared Terrell. Jeff Dowtin and Jarvis Garrett both started against Buffalo and will have to help bridge the gap if Robinson is suspended.
Read more about Rhode Island’s four-guard system here.