Former Baylor and Boise State defensive end Sam Ukwuachu was dismissed from the Broncos’ program due to his battle with depression and not solely for his violent behavior, Boise State said in a statement yesterday. Mark Schlabach of ESPN reported the new development.
Per Schlabach, Boise State officials were concerned about Ukwuachu’s behavior during his final months at the school and made him an appointment with the university’s medical director, who diagnosed him with what is being called a “major depressive disorder.”
Three days later, Ukwuachu was dismissed from the program by coach Chris Petersen.
Boise State’s statement was as follows:
“The incidents and factors that contributed to Sam Ukwuachu’s dismissal from the Boise State football team had nothing to do with accusations of any sexual assaults or with accusations that he physically assaulted any women,” the Boise State statement said. “Boise State University never received any reports nor had any knowledge of Sam Ukwuachu being involved in any accusations of sexual assault before or during his time at Boise State.
“In widely reported testimony from the Aug. 20 Texas trial, Ukwuachu’s former girlfriend stated Ukwuachu hit and choked her while they were students at Boise State. This information about their relationship was not reported to Boise State when the two were students here.”
Thus, the saga’s drama continues. Baylor coach Art Briles said that Petersen, now the head coach at Washington, recommended Ukwuachu to him as a transfer and that there was no indication given that there were disciplinary issues about which Briles or the university should be concerned. Petersen, however, asserts that he gave Briles the full rundown on Ukwuachu’s past.
Needless to say, with new details becoming public on a daily basis, the odds of Baylor coming out of this unscathed grow slimmer and slimmer.
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