What's worse than having a player arrested for allegedly punching a guy in the face? Having a second player arrested less than a week later for allegedly punching a girl in the face, repeatedly. From the Toledo Blade:
University of Toledo football player Damien McIntosh has been charged with felonious assault stemming from an alleged altercation with his girlfriend last Friday.
According to the complaint, McIntosh … was a passenger in a car driven by Christina Tomusko and is accused of punching her in the face with a closed fist several times. Tomusko suffered nasal fractures, facial contusions and minor head injuries, according to the complaint.
I sincerely hope that is now ex-girlfriend.
McIntosh (above right, in mugshot), who is listed at 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, was still being held this morning on $25,000 bond. His arrest came just five days after defensive teammate Isaiah Ballard, a full-time starter at safety who finished third on the team in tackles last year as a junior, was charged with felony assault for allegedly sending a man to the hospital with a broken jaw after punching him several times on May 15. Ballard (below right) was released from jail earlier this week after posting 10 percent of $15,000 bond, according to court records, but has been summarily dismissed from the team, per a university release.
McIntosh hasn't been dismissed, officially, but — assuming the charges against him aren't immediately thrown out and that coach Tim Beckman isn't running a rehab program specifically for violent domestic offenders that he doesn't offer other alleged assailants — is presumably on his way out in short order. Like all accused, he is innocent until proven guilty in the courts. But if he is proven guilty, it deserves to follow him for a very long time.
- - -
Matt Hinton is on Twitter: Follow him @DrSaturday.