Penn State Football: Two Nittany Lions Charged Following Separate Incidents
James Franklin will have to make his first disciplinary decisions of his coaching tenure at Penn State as two football players have been charged follow separate incidents according to a published report and court documents.
The first is freshman linebacker Jason Cabinda who was charged with driving under the influence on March 23, according to NJ.com. Cabinda was pulled over by police after driving through a stop sign according to the report. Cabinda was issued a summonses for alleged failure to stop, driving while uninsured, and careless driving.
Cabinda committed to Penn State under former head coach Bill O'Brien.
The second incident involves redshirt junior offensive lineman Anthony Alosi who has been charged with simple assault and harassment following a Jan. 31 incident in State College, according to court documents. According to police, Alosi allegedly initiated a confrontation was a man without cause which resulted in the victim seeking medical attention for multiple abrasions, cuts, and an injured eye.
According to police, Alosi claims that he was attacked and acted in self defense, but multiple witnesses stated that Alosi and one other man initiated the altercation by punching the victim, knocking him to the ground and that Alosi began kicking him in the head and face.
According to police documents, Alosi's boots have been seized from him after allegedly having been found to have dried blood on them. Alosi's preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place in Centre County on April 23
Neither Alosi or Cabinda have been present at the recent open practices that the media has attended. Both players were in a position to help the Nittany Lions fill areas in great need of depth on the roster. This was especially true for Alosi as the offensive line looks to solidify starters heading into the summer.
How they both still fit into those plans following these incidents remains to be seen. Penn State has not returned a call requesting comment.