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UO officials aware of alleged assault

Officials in the Athletic Department at the University of Oregon were aware of accusations that football player Colt Lyerla appeared drunk or stoned and assaulted three men on a Eugene street in April 2012.

Craig Pintens, the university’s senior associate athletic director, said team officials talked to Lyerla about the alleged incident. Pintens would not disclose whether Lyerla was disciplined.

No charges were ever filed against Lyerla. The Hillsboro Tribune obtained a Eugene Police Department report detailing the case through a public records request.

The university announced that Lyerla quit the team and left the school on Oct. 6. He departed after missing two games this season, including one because of a suspension for violating team rules.

But Pintens confirmed team officials knew Lyerla, a talented tight end who was born in Hillsboro and attended Hillsboro High School, had problems last year, too. According to the report, the three men involved in the incident originally intended to press physical harassment charges against him. They changed their minds a few days later, however, and the police suspended the investigation.

According to the police report, Officer Michael Ware was dispatched to a reported assault in Eugene at 3 a.m. on April 27, 2012. Three men saw Lyerla while they were walking home from a bar. All three told police Lyerla was behaving strangely and appeared to be drunk or stoned.

One man told Ware he had approached Lyerla and said: “Take it easy, you have the spring game coming up.”

“What’s your business with that?” Lyerla reportedly responded, and then allegedly pushed the three men to the ground with both hands before disappearing into the darkness.

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