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Temple University Football Players Face Assault Charges

By Justin Finch, Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Two Temple University football players are facing assault charges for their alleged roles in an incident that occurred off-campus in January.

Temple student athletes Dion Dawkins and Haason Reddick were arraigned Monday night, held with $10,000 secured bond. Early Tuesday morning, both Dawkins and Reddick posted bail.

The two Temple football players are charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

According to investigators, the reported incident happened at about 1:30 a.m. on January 18th at a party in the 1800 block of N. 5th Street.

A 21-year-old male told investigators he was attending a party when he observed his friend getting beat up by several males from the Temple University football team.

The 21-year-old told police that he tried to pull his friend away when he was kicked in the right eye, and other people, including Dion Dawkins, were holding him back. The 21-year-old told police he and Dion Dawkins began to fight when several other people began hitting him.

The 21-year-old went to Wills Eye Hospital to be treated, and was transferred to Jefferson Hospital where he was treated for a fractured right orbital bone.

Temple University released the following statement:

Temple University is aware of allegations of improper conduct by two of its student-athletes at an off-campus location in January. The university has, and will continue, to fully cooperate with the Philadelphia Police Department in its investigation and will take appropriate actions outlined in the Student Conduct Code. The two students have been suspended from football team activities pending further investigation.

Dawkins and Reddick are scheduled to be in court for a preliminary hearing on March 31st.

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