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ASU Attack Video Released, Disciplinary Details Released

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ASU Attack Video Released, Disciplinary Details Released

On Tuesday, Arizona State University Police released the video of a rugby player playing for Arizona State University's B team kicking a University of Arizona player.

This incident happened last spring, and was reported on by Goff Rugby Report. The offending player was not an ASU student, ran away after committing the act, and was eventually arrested.

The video can be seen here.

Christopher Jordan Crawford, 20, eventually surrendered to police after initially refusing to do so. He was not a full-time student at ASU, and was not CIPP'd. As a result of this horrific incident, ASU forfeited some games in the spring and stopped playing for the rest of the year, and Head Coach Gary Lane lost his job. Jordan Crawford's trial begins in December. The victim, Douglas Neary, was very badly hurt and required surgery.

USA Rugby and the Arizona Rugby Union, after the video was released, publicized their own findings and disciplinary actions, including a lifetime ban for Crawford

This is the ARU's Disciplinary Committee finding in March:

To: ASU Rugby and Christopher Jordan Crawford,

The Arizona Rugby Union Discipline Committee (DC) has reviewed the incident that occurred on 01/25/2017, which resulted in a red card.

The DC received feedback on the incident from various witness, reviewed the video of the incident and confirmed the injuries that were sustained by the U of A player with the ASU Police detectives.

After further consideration and discussion the ARU DC with have decided to move forward with a lifetime ban for Crawford with an option for review after 5 years and an option for an immediate appeal if he so desires within 14 days.

The current maximum sanction for a kick to the head is 52 weeks, however, in the past, we have approved greater sanctions for egregious actions on the field and the precedent we set with prior sanctions supports this recommendation.

We all agree that Jordan's actions during the B-side game were unacceptable and there is no place for that in this sport. We reviewed the video and watched the initial interaction between Jordan and the U of A player frame by frame, we were unable to see any action on the part of the U of A player that would support Jordan's claim that he was punched/assaulted. The contact appeared to incidental at best. Jordan's 15 meter march and subsequent kick to the face of the U of A player was deliberate and calculated, he could have chosen to stop at any point while walking toward the U of A player and therefore do not think we can consider the assault a "knee jerk" reaction.

The reason we are recommending an option for an immediate appeal to our decision is to afford Jordan due process and if he would like to make a statement to support his claim of self-defense. Also we were informed that the injuries sustained by the U of A player included a broken in his cheek and eye socket area requiring a metal plate and six screws to correct.


Arizona Rugby Union Discipline Committee



In addition, ASU Rugby and Lane agreed with D1A Rugby and USA Rugby to the following penalties in lieu of a hearing:

1) ASU admits that a non-CIPPed player participated in a rugby match on February 25, 2017, in violation of the eligibility rules.

2) ASU agrees to not practice, compete or play rugby of any kind until January 1, 2018.

3) ASU agrees not to participate in the Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC), the Varsity Cup, or any USA Rugby playoff matches (as that term is defined in the current USA Rugby Eligibility Guidelines) until September 1, 2018.

4) Coach Lane agrees not to coach anywhere until January 1, 2019.

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6) The ASU program agrees to perform 500 hours of community service.

7) The ASU program agrees to have twelve players take and complete a USA Rugby referee course.

8) The ASU program agrees to be placed on probation until January 1, 2019.

9) The ASU program agrees that if a thorough investigation into how this incident was able to happen is conducted, and internal changes are made to ensure that CIPP violations cannot occur in the future, upon a report to this committee, if this committee is satisfied with the result of the report, the committee shall change the date of condition #2 to September 1, 2017. 

10) ASU agrees that all determinations, approvals and interpretations concerning this agreement shall be by this committee, and that this committee shall retain jurisdiction over the parties until all terms of probations and conditions have expired.