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March 9, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Pulu suspended indefinitely — UPDATED

UW defensive end Andru Pulu has been suspended indefinitely from the University of Washington football team due to a violation of team rules, head coach Steve Sarkisian announced today in a statement just released by the school.
The release stated that the UW athletic department, nor the coach, will have any further comment on the matter.
The Times has learned that Pulu was allegedly involved in an altercation at an off-campus party late Saturday night in which another student was injured.
Times news reporter Sara Jean Green reports that after The Seattle Times requested a police report detailing an assault investigation involving Pulu, a redacted narrative of the incident was faxed to the newspaper with the names of the alleged suspect, victim and witnesses blacked out.
According to the report, a 22-year-old man was attacked after trying to break up a fight between two people he didn’t know at a house party just north of the University of Washington campus early Sunday. He was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken nose and possible cheek fracture, according to the police report.
Police spokesman Det. Jeff Kappel said homicide detectives, who investigate all serious assaults, are actively working the case. No arrests have been made, he said.
An officer wrote in the report that he was dispatched to University of Washington Medical Center just after 3 a.m. Sunday and interviewed the 22-year-old man in the emergency room.
The 22-year-old told the officer that he was at a party in the 5000 block of 15th Avenue Northeast and saw a man in a verbal argument with another person just after 12:30 a.m., the report says. He tried to break up the fight, telling the man, “It’s not that big of a deal,” at which point the man grabbed the 22-year-old’s neck, telling him, “It is that big of a deal,” according to the police report.
The 22-year-old, who told the officer the man was a stranger to him, “does not remember anything after this occurred,” the report says.
Two witnesses told a friend of the victim what happened and the friend took the victim to the hospital, the report says.
According to the witnesses, the man struck the 22-year-old in the face, knocked him to the ground, and stomped on the his right temple, causing him to lose consciousness, the police report says.
The man then “left in an unknown direction,” according to the report. He is described as a light-skinned black male, 18 to 21 years old, 6-feet-1 tall and 250 pounds with a muscular build.
The 22-year-old “has a broken nose and possibly a fractured cheek bone,” the officer wrote. “I observed severe swelling to the left side” of his face and “a boot print on his right temple.”
Pulu, a graduate of Federal Way High, will be a sophomore in 2010 and was expected to contend for significant playing time, if not a starting role, as the team looks for replacements for the graduated Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and Darrion Jones. He was listed as the backup to Te’o-Nesheim at the end of last season.
The 6-1, 251-pounder played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2009, making two tackles, and was credited with half-a-sack against Idaho. He also played regularly on the kickoff return team.
UW is set to begin spring practice on March 30.



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