East Carolina DT Darius Commissiong dismissed after animal cruelty charge

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East Carolina dismissed defensive tackle Darius Commissiong on Friday after he was charged with felony animal cruelty.

If you’re brave enough to read the gory injuries Commissiong is alleged to have inflicted on a one-year-old Shih Tzu, you can click here to read the Greenville, North Carolina, Police Department’s Facebook post. The dog suffered multiple and incredibly severe injuries and died from the trauma. It’s especially harrowing to read on what’s been deemed National Dog Day.

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Per the police, officers responded to an apartment at approximately 2 a.m. Friday. The apartment’s resident, a female, let the officers in and they saw the dog and its injuries. Witness descriptions of a person who was in the area at the time of the alleged incident led police to Commissiong.

“While we always want to be in a position to guide young people, unacceptable behavior such as this clearly crosses the line of humanity and simply will not be tolerated,” East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery said in a statement. “There’s a level of accountability which defines our program, athletics department and East Carolina University, and any conduct which isn’t congruent with those values is unwelcome here.”

Commissiong, a projected starter, is already no longer listed on East Carolina’s roster. A junior in 2015, he had 10 tackles. He transferred to ECU after he was dismissed from Georgia Tech in 2014 because of an NCAA student-conduct violation. He was one of three GT athletes dismissed at the time.

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