Concord University released the following statement Monday, Nov. 18:
“On November 15, 2013, three Concord University Football Players were arrested stemming from an incident off campus earlier in the week. The three players in question were immediately suspended from the team on November 15, 2013, pending an investigation. The Concord University Athletic Department is fully cooperating with the investigating officers. Both the University and the Athletic Department were disappointed to learn of the situation. Concord University and its Athletic Department fully expect our Athletes to be role models and leaders in the community and in no way condone the type of behavior for which these athletes have been charged and will take the appropriate action. At this time, the Concord University Athletic Department will withhold further comment, as it is University policy not to comment on open investigations.”
ATHENS, W. Va. — An investigation is underway after an alleged altercation in Mercer County last Monday involving three Concord University football players.
Mercer County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Russell Bailey Jr., 22, of Beckley, Maricco Sanders, 22, of Welford, S.C. and Riyahd Richardson, 22, also of Welford, on Friday in connection with the incident.
All three men are charged with malicious wounding, petit larceny and conspiracy stemming the incident at an Athens apartment complex.
Deputies said the three men went to the apartment for an apparent drug purchase when an altercation ensued. A gun was brandished during the incident but no shots were fired.
At this time the incident is being treated as a robbery/home invasion.