PROVO, Utah -- Former Brigham Young running back Marcus
Whalen and BYU wide receiver Breyon Jones have been charged with
robbery, assault and making a false statement to police.
Whalen, 22, and Jones, 21, are suspected of beating up and
taking cash from a mutual acquaintance named Yussufu Nsabimana
during an April 14 argument over money.
Nsabimana, 34, a native of Burundi, claims he was attacked twice
on April 14 after he, Whalen, Jones and another acquaintance had
been drinking at a Provo bar and the men argued.
Police are treating third man as a witness, not as a suspect in
The players were not arrested. Whalen and Jones each will
receive a summons to appear before a judge at a future date, Utah
County prosecutor Tim Taylor said.
BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins confirmed Friday that Whalen and
Jones are subjects of an honor code review. BYU cannot discuss
specific students who are involved in honor code reviews unless the
student provides permission or the student faces criminal charges.
The university has decided to suspend Whalen until January 2005,
according to a letter sent to Whalen, said his mother, Christina
Whalen. She said Whalen filed an appeal on May 14.
Whalen has already withdrawn from BYU. But Jenkins said the
university still classifies him as having ongoing status pending
the completion of the honor code review process.
If the suspension stands, an obscure NCAA rule would leave the
suspension in force at any member institution. If he can't play at
any NCAA school next fall, his college football career is over.
Southern Utah University has admitted Whalen as a transfer
student and he has enrolled for fall classes, his mother said.
Whalen played in nine BYU games after breaking his foot during
warmups before the 2003 season opener against Georgia Tech last
September. He logged 45 carries for 152 yards, and ran for a
team-high 918 yards in 2002.
His career was interrupted in 2001 when BYU suspended the
Maryland native after a shoplifting incident at a Utah County
Jones, a junior from Round Rock, Texas, has been in the BYU
program for three years. He redshirted in 2001 and saw limited
action as a reserve receiver the past two seasons, never catching a