East Carolina University has dismissed a player from the team after his arrest today for animal cruelty.
Greenville police have charged Darius Commissiong, a defensive tackle, with one count of felony animal cruelty.
Police say around 2:00 a.m. they were called to an apartment on Brownlea Drive for a possible disturbance. Once inside the apartment, they found a one-year-old Shih Tzu was dead.
A necropsy on the dog was performed today and found that the animal had multiple hemorrhages of the skin and body, three freshly cracked ribs which resulted in a collapsed lung, hemorrhaging in the abdomen, hemorrhaging in the left eye, and hemorrhaging in the brain. Police say the dog also had its liver torn in several pieces because of trauma, several fractured teeth and a complete fracture of a femur.
Commissiong was jailed on a $25,000.
Within minutes of police announcing the arrest, ECU sent out a news release saying Commissiong was no longer a member of the team.
“While we always want to be in a position to guide young people, unacceptable behavior such as this clearly crosses the line of humanity and simply will not be tolerated,” Coach Scottie Montgomery said. “There’s a level of accountability which defines our program, athletics department and East Carolina University, and any conduct which isn’t congruent with those values is unwelcome here.”