Jace Richter, who was sued this month for allegedly attacking another student, has been dismissed from the Boise State University football team. Boise Police are investigating the claim.
Richter is a Mountain View High School graduate who played the safety position for the Broncos.
The university had previously said a student-athlete was suspended and was under investigation. On Oct. 20, BSU Associate Athletic Director Joe Nickell issued a statement that Richter had been dismissed from the team.
Boise State student Ben Douglas Taylor claims Richter assaulted him in the Taylor Hall student dormitory at about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 8, where Taylor was visiting a friend, according to a civil lawsuit filed Oct. 13 in Ada County District Court.
Taylor’s lawyer, David Claiborne, sent photos to the press showing Taylor with black eyes and a neck brace. It wasn’t until 12 hours after the attack, Claiborne said, that Taylor woke up and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Boise Police confirmed earlier this month that police were investigating “a reported battery that happened at Boise State in the early morning hours on Sunday” (Oct. 8) but didn’t release any additional details, the Idaho Press-Tribune reported last week.
According to Claiborne, Taylor lost consciousness and suffered head injuries, a broken nose, blackened eyes, cuts and a broken wrist while “attempting to defend himself” from Richter. Claiborne alleges that there was “no campus security, resident advisor, police or medical response to the incident.”
Richter’s lawyer, Michael Bartlett, was not available for an interview Wednesday. He told the Idaho Statesman that multiple witnesses say Taylor was the initial aggressor.
“I’m very disappointed that Coach (Bryan) Harsin would make decisions without hearing all the facts,” Bartlett told the Statesman.
The university stated that “campus and athletics officials take all questions of student safety and behavior seriously, however all student investigations by the University are protected from release by federal privacy laws.”