Dezmon Epps, who has run afoul of the law and team rules multiple times over 19 months, is suspended indefinitely for allegedly striking his girlfriend Sunday morning, the football team announced Monday.
No charges were filed as of Monday afternoon.
“I have zero tolerance for any inappropriate behavior toward women,” coach Paul Petrino said. “This is a serious allegation, and I take it as such. The penalties are immediate and substantive.”
According to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the alleged incident took place in a Pullman, Wash., bar. The Pullman police department is investigating.
Epps was arrested for driving under the influence in April 2014, faced a theft charge for stealing groceries three months later, had an incident this summer when he spent two days in jail for not using a court-mandated interlock device in his car and was one of the players involved in a theft at the on-campus bookstore Aug. 16.
Epps, a senior from Sacramento, Calif., was kicked off the team before the 2014 season, but returned prior to spring practices in 2015. Last month, Petrino defended his decision to suspend Epps for the USC game, after video was released of the bookstore theft, but noted there were many standards he had to meet, and “if Dezmon doesn’t do that, then he’ll no longer be with the team.”
Epps’ status with the team may be reconsidered, pending the outcome of the investigation, the school said.
Epps is No. 7 in the nation with 126.2 receiving yards per game (757 in six games, with two touchdowns). He has 61 catches; No. 2 on the team is Deon Watson with 21.