Pittsburgh, PA, United States (AHN) – University of Pittsburgh senior Jabaal Sheard, a three-year starter for the Panthers, was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct following an alleged altercation outside La Fond Galleries.
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound lineman reportedly got into a fight with Edward Parker, 27, on East Carson Street in south Pittsburgh.
According to the police report, several police officers tried to break up the scuffle, Sheard, who was reportedly being hit by police batons, picked up Parker and threw the 27-year-old through a glass door of a gallery.
Sheard jumped on the bleeding Parker, who was on the ground inside the art store, and continued punching him before police subdued the two with pepper spray.
Sheard, who started all 13 games for the Panthers and tallied 42 tackles with five quarterback sacks, was taken to jail and has a court hearing slated for July 28.
A standout performer for the Panthers, Sheard has the potential for an NFL career though the incident jeopardizes those possibilities.
Now facing possible jail time, Sheard’s future with the program also is in serious doubt.
Pittsburgh’s athletics department released the following statement Monday.
“We are in the midst of gathering information on a weekend incident involving Jabaal Sheard. While we conduct our own investigation of the matter, Jabaal has been indefinitely suspended from team activities.”