A Niagara University student injured in a weekend bar fight that led to the suspension of three key members of the school's basketball team chose not to file charges Monday, said Lewiston Police Chief Ronald Winkley.
"He could file charges in the future -- if he chooses," Winkley said of Thomas W. Williams III, 20, a sophomore. He suffered injuries to his lower lip and eye during an altercation early Saturday in the Park Place Bar on Center Street, Lewiston police said.
The off-campus incident resulted in the indefinite suspension from the basketball team of sophomore point guard Calvin Murphy Jr., 18, son of basketball Hall of Famer and former NU star Calvin Murphy Sr.; junior point guard Jeremiah Johnson, 20; and senior center Jermaine Young, 20.
Coach Jack Armstrong suspended the three from the team Monday for violating team rules -- specifically, exercising poor judgment -- after meeting with them Saturday and Monday.
"We let our student athletes know that they are representatives of Niagara University and Niagara University basketball -- and we will not condone or tolerate them to be baited into confrontations," Armstrong said.
"When you bring college students together, disagreements will arise on occasion. Unfortunately, this disagreement escalated into an altercation. . . . In my opinion, our three student athletes exercised poor judgment."
The fact that Williams declined to file charges does not affect the suspended players' status, according to university spokesman Linus L. Ormsby Jr.
"They remain under suspension despite the fact that there are no charges," Ormsby said. "The student life sector is reviewing the incident to determine the level of accountability of the individuals involved," he added.
Williams was attacked, punched and kicked in the face and body when he started talking to a girl in the Park Place Bar early Saturday, according to police reports.
The university offered no comment on the fact that all four Niagara students involved in the bar incident are under legal drinking age.
Niagara's basketball season begins Nov. 13 with an exhibition game against McMaster University.