The University of Louisiana-Monroe is a program that is not usually in the headlines. The Sun Belt program has only played in one bowl game since joining the FBS in 1994. The Warhawks are looking to improve on their 6-6 season in 2018 but might have to do it without starting defensive tackle Jaylen Veasley, according to the Monroe News Star.
The redshirt junior was arrested on battery charges and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Veasley was trying to get into the residence of an unnamed female, despite her telling him to not go in. He encountered an unnamed man in the residence when Veasley allegedly pushed and attempted to punch the male.
The man in the residence defended himself after the defensive tackle swung at him, which broke into a wrestling match in the bedroom. The scuffle resulted in a broken television set and other miscellaneous things.
Veasley left the dwelling after the scuffle and was arrested at the university’s police station on campus.
The Ouachita Correctional Center is where the defensive tackle is being booked and his bond is set at $500. The university is aware of the incident and will have an independent investigation on the incident.
“We are gathering facts related to the situation and we’ll let the legal process play out,” ULM’s associate athletic director for communications and marketing John Lewandowski said.
Veasley is the second ULM defensive linemen that has been arrested in a little over a month. Defensive end Kerry Starks was arrested on February 10 for domestic abuse and simple criminal damage to property charges. He has been suspended indefinitely from the Warhawks’ team.
Veasley started in 11 games in 2018, recording 34 tackles and a sack. Starks had 38 tackles and a team-leading five sacks in 2018. ULM will need to figure out what to do with both players before the season starts as the Warhawks look to make a bowl game for only the second time in school history.