Members of the University of Montana Grizzlies football team were involved in an alleged assault outside Stockman’s Bar early Saturday morning that sent another student to the hospital.
Detective Sgt. Scott Pastian of the Missoula Police Department said officers were called to the area in front of the bar shortly after 1:30 a.m. for a “physical disturbance” and spoke with a man who reported being assaulted.
UM Athletic Director Kent Haslam said Monday he was "aware that there was an incident downtown that involved student athletes,” adding that Griz football coach Bobby Hauck has also been made aware of the situation.
The incident remains under investigation, and Pastian said a detective has obtained surveillance footage from a nearby business.
When the investigation is completed, it will be referred to the Missoula County Attorney’s Office for a decision on whether felony charges are appropriate, said Chief Deputy County Attorney Jason Marks.
The victim who spoke with police was taken to the hospital, Pastian said. The man’s mother told the Missoulian on Monday that her son has since been released, but has injuries to his jaw that will require surgery to fix.
Haslam said he was informed of some of the allegations on Monday, and that his department is working to gather more information and allow law enforcement to complete its investigation.
While the athletic department can sanction players under the student-athlete code of conduct, Haslam said because football is not in season right now they intend to wait to see the conclusion of the criminal investigation.
“We want to hold our student athletes accountable and we will,” Haslam said.