BC's Cherilus, Tribble accused of assaulting bar patron

Two Boston College football players charged Wednesday with assault and battery in connection with a July bar fight will remain active with the team and not be disciplined by coach Jeff Jagodzinski.

Offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus, a team co-captain, and defensive back DeJuan Tribble, along with Massachusetts State Police sergeant Joseph J. Boike, were charged with assaulting a patron at a Boston sports bar after he refused to clear an area for a group of Eagles players, The Boston Globe reported.

Cherilus and Tribble were each charged with one count of assault and battery and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The customer, 28-year-old Sean Maney, suffered a broken neck and other injuries, The Globe reported.

Philip A. Tracy Jr., who represents Cherilus and Tribble, told The Globe that both players will plead not guilty at their arraignment Oct. 1.

"They were, unfortunately, in the wrong place at the wrong time," Tracy told the newspaper. "They are innocent of any intentional assault on this man."

Cherilus, listed at 6-foot-7 and 319 pounds, is a fifth-year senior as is Tribble, a 5-9, 190-pound cornerback. The two practiced with the Eagles on Wednesday after testifying at their court hearing.

"I've reviewed all the facts and I am confident that they will be cleared and found innocent," Jagodzinski said Thursday.

Information from ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad was used in this report.