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Eastern Oregon quarterback Dominique Blackman was released Tuesday from the football team following a Monday night arrest. Blackman was charged with fourth-degree domestic assault.
Dominique Blackman will not be suiting up in Eastern Oregon blue and gold next season.
The 23-year-old quarterback was released Tuesday from the football team following a Monday night arrest. Blackman was charged with fourth-degree domestic assault.
He was released from the Union County Correctional Facility after posting bail.
“Quarterback Dominique Blackman was dismissed from the Mountaineer football team on Tuesday for a violation of team rules and policies,” Mountaineer head coach Tim Camp said in an email statement. “No single individual is bigger than the team, our football program or university. These alleged actions are not representative of the students who participate in our athletic programs, or the coach, administrators and staff who serve EOU and our community.”
According to police, La Grande officers responded to the Kingsview Apartments Monday night after the reporting party called in a domestic assault. The woman involved said Blackman had bit her hand while they struggled over an identification card and at some point during the dispute, he grabbed her around the neck, according to police.
“Officers observed injuries consistent with an assault,” said La Grande Police Chief Brian Harvey.
When police officers made contact with Blackman, he said the couple had recently broken up and that the woman had initially tried to hit him, according to the police report. The woman admitted to police that she had hit Blackman, but officers did not find injuries.
Harvey said Oregon law requires officers to arrest the primary aggressor during domestic disputes that result in an injury. Often, he said, that requires the officers consider the size of the people involved and their ability to hurt another person. Blackman is 6-foot-6 and weighs 250 pounds, according to police.
Blackman was arrested without incident and lodged in the Union County Correctional Facility.
EOU spokesperson Tim Seydel responded to the situation with an email statement, saying, “Eastern Oregon University is committed to, and practices, a safe environment for our students and community and we will participate in the investigation as requested. As President (Bob) Davies has stated on numerous occasions, EOU does not tolerate actions that place our students, faculty, staff or community in a position of danger.”