Well, that’s something isn’t it?
Garrett Brown, a city officer working an off-duty detail, said Mr. [Jabaal] Sheard, listed at 6-feet-4 and 260 pounds, ignored his commands to stop fighting Edward Parker, 27, of Stanton Heights.
Officer Brown said Mr. Sheard kept punching Mr. Parker as the officer and other city officers tried to break up the fight. After absorbing several of Officer Brown’s baton blows to the body, Mr. Sheard picked up Mr. Parker by his clothing and threw him through the glass door of the gallery, then continued to punch him in the face as he lay bleeding on the floor inside the business, according to an affidavit.
Officers finally subdued both men with OC spray.
Not surprisingly, Sheard has been immediately and indefinitely suspended from the team.
Congrats on disrupting what had been a quiet boring summer off-the-field for Pitt football. All by his lonesome, Sheard has tallied 7 Fulmer Cup points for Pitt. Not enough to make the top-10 programs at this point, but just on the outside. There’s more work to be done.
There is certainly more to this story.
Sheard should be suspended, and I have no problem if Coach Wannstedt tosses him off the team or suspends him for the season.
2 am on a Saturday night/Sunday morning, is not the problem. He’s legal and even as a star football player at Pitt, he has the right to party like other college kids. Yes, I know, nothing good ever happens at that point. The brawling on the South Side kind of drives that home.
I can’t help but be a little curious about this part.
Parker, who was cut and bruised on his head and face, refused to go with medics, but his girlfriend told police she would drive him to a hospital. Both men were treated for the pepper spray at the scene, and Sheard was taken to Allegheny County Jail. The damage to the gallery front door is estimated between $600 and $1,000.
To recap that. A man was beaten — hard — and thrown through a glass door. Still being beaten. Then pepper sprayed as police were trying to break it up. This beating was inflicted by a potential NFL 1st rounder. In most cases you would have people begging for the ambulance for a scratch to build that potential lawsuit.
And yet, the guy refused to be taken by medics on the scene to a hospital. Instead his girlfriend claims she would take him. I do want to know if the person went to a hospital.
Regardless, that doesn’t excuse Sheard. Whatever the deal is with the victim, the guy was still the victim in this case.
There is still more to be concerned.
The brawl broke out along East Carson Street in front of the LaFond Gallery.
An off-duty officer who was alerted to a group of men fighting immediately called for backup. When the officer got to the scene, he said he noticed only two men, Jabaal Sheard and Edward Parker, fighting.
At least if there were any other Pitt players involved, they were smart enough to get the hell out of there.
/looks over roughed out depth chart.
Shayne Hale and then Brandon Lindsey obviously have a chance to step in and fill the spot. Greg Romeus is going to be looking at a lot of extra attention assuming Sheard is not back.
The other possibility is incoming freshman T.J. Clemmings. The kid is one of the top players in Pitt’s recruiting class. Looks like he could get a surprisingly early chance to make an impact.