ORONO, Maine — A University of Maine football player was charged Tuesday with assaulting two young women Sunday morning at a party on Pleasant Street, Orono police Sgt. Josh Ewing said Tuesday.
David Hood, 18, a freshman running back for the Black Bears who lists a UMaine address, was charged with two counts of assault after reportedly punching two 20-year-old Orono women.
The incident began at the party when Hood and a group of friends “made comments that offended the females,” Ewing said.
After the verbal confrontation, Hood and the group with him left the party, Ewing said.
“When the girls went out to leave, Hood and his friends were outside,” Ewing said. Another verbal confrontation ensued and that fight turned physical, he added.
“The girls claim they were punched,” the sergeant said.
Orono police were called to the Pleasant Street party around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, and their investigation led to Tuesday’s assault charges. Hood was not arrested.
Hood is from Galloway, N.J., and is attending UMaine on a full athletic scholarship.
“The UMaine Dean of Students office has instructed David Hood to avoid contact with specific individuals related to this matter,” Joe Carr, spokesman for the university, said Tuesday afternoon in an e-mail. “He may also be subject to further sanctions under the student conduct code, pending the outcome of a thorough review, which is currently under way. In addition, he has been suspended from the football team.”
Even though Hood was on the Black Bears roster, he has not played in any games this year.