NEW BRITAIN – Two disciplined Central Connecticut State University football players were suspended from school athletics indefinitely this morning pending an investigation into their behavior.
Wide receivers Chika Chukwu, 20, of Glastonbury, and Jose Garcia, 21 of New London, were already required to sit out Saturday’s game in Youngstown, Ohio after their arrest with their three roommates on charges the five allowed up to 200 kids to attend a party at their 64 Roxbury Road address Saturday night.
This morning university officials suspended the two from playing sports indefinitely after receiving a report from a neighbor that Chukwu and Garcia threatened to sue her for calling police during the party after they were issued the discipline.
“I am very concerned about this matter,” CCSU President Dr. Zulma Toro said. “Our New Britain community is very important to us and we want to be sure students understand their duties to their neighbors and the community.”
Chukwu and Garcia were charged with breach of peace and permitting a minor to possess alcohol along with their roommates after New Britain police broke up a large party at their home Saturday night.
The four football players were suspended from playing Saturday’s game and were required to do 10 hours of community service and attend alcohol awareness classes by the university Their court cases are pending.
Chukwu and Garcia confronted a neighbor Tuesday saying they would sue her for calling police about the party, sources said. The university had a police cruiser stationed outside the home overnight, a spokesman for the school said.
“We wanted to be sure everyone was aware we are looking for people to be on their best behavior,” the spokesman said.