Update: Oct. 31 – 2:40 p.m.
According to NJ.com, former Rutgers linebacker Izaia Bullock was arrested after school officials reported concerns to law enforcement. Bullock was reportedly upset following a breakup with his longtime girlfriend and made comments about her family that were “construed as threats.”
Bullock confided in the Rutgers coaching staff about his struggles with the breakup and missed a recent practice to deal with the issue. The coaching staff directed him to a university counselor, whom he met with for 90 minutes on Monday. Bullock then made alarming comments to an unnamed teammate following that session. The teammate reported what Bullock had said to a strength coach, who then followed mandatory protocol and informed a superior. The information was eventually given to Rutgers police on Monday.
According to police, Bullock asked a person to be a getaway driver and lookout, but the person recorded their conversation and submitted the recording to police. Police later found “gloves, crushed-up Tylenol pills and a mask” in Bullock’s car. Bullock later confessed, per NJ.com.
Original story: Oct. 30 – 6:10 p.m.
A Rutgers linebacker has been dismissed after he was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
According to the Middlesex County (New Jersey) Prosecutor’s Office, Izaia Bullock is also charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. He was arrested Tuesday.
From the prosecutor’s office:
Izaia Bullock, 22, of Piscataway, was arrested and charged today with two counts of attempted murder in the first degree and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree.
Bullock was charged after an investigation by the Rutgers University Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that on October 29, 2018, Bullock initiated a plot to murder the family members of an acquaintance. The intended victims are not affiliated with Rutgers University.
Per NJ.com, Bullock was dismissed Tuesday afternoon. Bullock appeared in just one game, Buffalo’s win over Rutgers at the end of September.
Bullock’s charges are the latest legal woes for Rutgers players. Eight were charged in a credit card fraud scheme in August. Rutgers is currently 1-7 and 0-5 in the Big Ten.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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