WSU Police, UW tight end moving on

WSU Police, UW tight end moving on

PULLMAN – A police investigation into an apparent on-field assault on Washington Huskies football star Austin Seferian-Jenkins at the end of the Apple Cup has been dropped unless new information surfaces, a WSU Police Department spokesman said Monday.

Assistant chief Steve Hansen said no one has come forth to identify the person videotaped knocking Seferian-Jenkins to the ground. Also, Austin Seferian-Jenkins declined to speak to UW Police, as requested by WSU Police.

"I said, ‘No, it's not worth it," Seferian-Jenkins told reporters Monday in his first public comments on the incident. "Whoever that guy was, it's not a big deal. I hope he was probably intoxicated or something like that. I'm not really worried about it. I'm over it. I think everybody else should be over it. It's not that big a deal."

The grainy videotape of the incident led some people to say Seferian-Jenkins was sucker punched. Others say Seferian-Jenkins was shoved to the ground.

"I prayed for that man that struck me," Seferian-Jenkins wrote on his Twitter account after the Apple Cup. "He must have issues."

Earlier Monday, WSU athletic director Bill Moos discussed the incident on his weekly radio show in Spokane.

Responding to a listener's complaint about Washington players dancing on the Cougars logo at midfield during warm-ups for the Apple Cup (when few WSU players were on the field), Moos said, "Well, they weren't dancing on it after the game, I can tell you that much. You know, these things happen. I'm more comfortable with the dancing on the logo then sucker punches and some of these things.

"We really need to take a good look at ourselves, one person ruining something for the masses. That (dancing on the logo) is disrespectful, but it's all part of the drama. I wouldn't be surprised if, through the years, the Cougars didn't dance on the ‘W' over in Husky Stadium once or twice."

Moos said security personnel were helpless to prevent the incident. Thousands of fans poured out of the stands after the Cougars rallied to beat Washington 31-28 in overtime.

"It doesn't matter how many security people you have," Moos said. "When you have a mass of students and fans, they're going to get through, so what can you do? You hope that you can educate the fans to cheer loud, be part of the game, help us win and then be classy when we did. That's still part of the (WSU athletics) culture we need to change."

Moos added, "Let's get to the point that you don't need to mob the field when you beat Washington to go 3-9. Let's think about coming on the field when you beat Washington to 9-3 and go to the Pac-12 championship. That's where we want to get to."

Seferian-Jenkins said has no problem with fans running on to the field to celebrate a victory.

"I still think people should rush the field," he said. "That's part of college football and what makes it special."

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