Updated, 10:48 p.m.: Four Montana State University athletes were cited Monday for various misdemeanors after a weekend assault that sent Bobcat basketball player Xavier Blount to the hospital and possibly ended his season.

Football linebacker Roger Trammell, 21, was cited for misdemeanor assault; track sprinter Christopher Wilson, 20, for disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a driver’s license; football defensive tackle Zach Minter, 21, for unlawful use of a driver’s license; and basketball forward Blount, 20, for disorderly conduct and minor in possession of alcohol, Bozeman Assistant Police Chief Rich McLane said Monday.

The assault was reported at Bar IX on East Main Street around 1:15 a.m. Sunday where a bouncer said a man was found barely conscious on the back porch, according to police reports.

“Someone beat the crap out of him,” the bouncer reported, and police said a verbal exchange between Blount and another man led to the assault.

Blount, a junior from Virginia Beach, Va., was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital with shoulder and facial injuries, his stepfather, Varick Tucker, told the Chronicle.

In a statement released Monday, MSU assistant athletic director for media relations Bill Lamberty said the injuries were “severe” and that they may end Blount’s season.

Blount’s stepfather said he received a call about the incident around 6 a.m. Sunday and was flying to Bozeman from Louisville, Ky.

He said Blount’s shoulder had been dislocated and was immobilized, though they aren’t yet sure about the extent of his injury. He added that Blount also suffered a broken nose and significant lip lacerations.

“His season’s over,” Tucker said. “We don’t know if it’s jeopardized anything down the line.”

MSU head men’s basketball coach Brad Huse confirmed the extent of Blount’s injuries.

MSU athletic director Peter Fields said in a written statement Monday that he hopes Blount makes a full recovery.

“We are cooperating as Bozeman and Montana State University police and the MSU Dean of Students Office investigate this matter,” Fields said. “The behavior alleged is unacceptable. We will not stand for it and will deal with it in an appropriate manner through our Student Code of Conduct and Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.”

The Montana State men’s basketball team played Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats, who lost in overtime, 77-64, returned to Bozeman later that night. Blount scored eight points in the game.

Blount is currently the Bobcat’s leading scorer this season with an average of 11.7 points per game.

Minter is a junior defensive tackle from Glendale, Ariz., who is one of the most disruptive defensive forces in the Big Sky Conference. Last fall, Minter registered 7.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss – both top-five totals in the league – in earning unanimous first-team All-Big Sky honors.

Trammell is a junior who is slated to start at strongside linebacker for the Bobcats next fall. He came to MSU before the 2010 season from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. The Lewisville, Texas, native started MSU’s first three games last fall before suffering a torn ACL against Minot State.

Wilson is a sophomore sprinter for the MSU track team. Earlier this indoor season, Wilson broke the MSU school record in the 55-meter dash. The Great Falls native broke Montana’s all-class record in the 100 and 200 meters at the Class AA state track meet during his senior year at C.M. Russell High in 2009. Wilson turned down various track scholarship offers to play football at Montana State. He was a cornerback for the Bobcats from the fall of 2009 until the spring of 2011 before leaving the football team to concentrate on track.

The four men were ordered to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court for an initial appearance prior to March 1.

Jodi Hausen can be reached at jhausen@dailychronicle.com or 582-2630. Sports Editor Colter Nuanez, City Editor Michael Becker and sports writer Gidal Kaiser contributed to this report.


Update, 5:26 p.m.: Four Montana State University athletes were cited Monday for various misdemeanors after a weekend assault that sent basketball player Xavier Blount to the hospital.

Roger Trammell, 21, was cited for misdemeanor assault; Christopher Wilson, 20, was cited for disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a driver’s license; Zach Minter, 21, was cited for unlawful use of a driver’s license; and Blount, 20, was cited for disorderly conduct and minor in possession of alcohol.

Trammell and Minter play for the Bobcat football team — Trammell is a linebacker and Minter plays defensive tackle. Wilson is a sprinter on the school’s track team. Blount is a forward on the men’s basketball team.

Blount, a junior from Virginia Beach, Va., was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital with shoulder and facial injuries, his stepfather told the, Chronicle.

The injuries were not life threatening, Bozeman police officer Jonathan Barge said Monday morning.

In a statement released Monday, MSU sports information director Bill Lamberty said the injuries were “severe” and that they may end Blount’s season.

“Our thoughts are with Xavier for a full recovery from these injuries,” said MSU athletic director Peter Fields. “We are cooperating as Bozeman and Montana State University police and the MSU Dean of Students Office investigate this matter. The behavior alleged is unacceptable. We will not stand for it and will deal with it in an appropriate manner through our Student Code of Conduct and Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.”

Blount, 20, who is the Bobcat’s leading scorer this season with an average of 11.7 points per game, was released from the hospital, Barge said.

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital spokeswoman Connie Martin said Blount was treated in the emergency room but not admitted to the hospital.

The Montana State men’s basketball team played Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats, who fell in overtime, 77-64, returned to Bozeman later that evening. Blount scored eight points in the game.

Montana State head men’s basketball coach Brad Huse did not return a phone message left by the, Chronicle. The men’s basketball team will have closed practices until further notice.

Police were called to Bar IX on East Main Street around 1:15 a.m. where a bouncer said a man was found barely conscious on the back porch, according to police reports.

“Someone beat the crap out of him,” the bouncer reported. He said he did not witness the assault.

Jodi Hausen can be reached at jhausen@dailychronicle.com or 582-2630.


Original Report: Bozeman police are investigating an assault early Sunday morning that sent a Montana State University basketball player to the hospital, and the university said other student athletes are believed to be involved.

Xavier Blount, a junior from Virginia Beach, Va., was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital with a shoulder and facial injuries, his stepfather told the Chronicle.

The injuries were not life threatening, officer Jonathan Barge said Monday morning. He declined to identify anyone involved in the assault. In a statement released Monday, MSU sports information director Bill Lamberty said the injuries were "severe" and that they may end Blount's season.

"Our thoughts are with Xavier for a full recovery from these injuries," said MSU athletic director Peter Fields. "We are cooperating as Bozeman and Montana State University Police and the MSU Dean of Students Office investigate this matter. The behavior alleged is unacceptable. We will not stand for it, and will deal with it in an appropriate manner through our Student Code of Conduct and Student-Athlete Code of Conduct."

Blount, 20, who is currently the Bobcat’s leading scorer this season with an average of 11.7 points per game, was released from the hospital, Barge said.

The Montana State men’s basketball team played Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats, who fell in overtime, 77-64, returned to Bozeman later that evening. Blount scored eight points in the game.

Montana State head men’s basketball coach Brad Huse did not return a phone message left by the Chronicle. The men’s basketball team will have closed practices until further notice.

Police were called to Bar IX on East Main Street around 1:15 a.m. where a bouncer said a man was found barely conscious on the back porch, according to police reports.

“Someone beat the crap out of him,” the bouncer reported, but said he did not witness the assault.

Barge said several men are expected to be cited for misdemeanors this afternoon, but he would not identify the charges until the suspects are charged.

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Jodi Hausen can be reached at jhausen@dailychronicle.com or 582-2630. Sports editor Colter Nuanez and city editor Michael Becker contributed to this report.

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