UPDATE: The charges against Jenkins have been dropped.
On Tuesday afternoon, Keith Sargeant and James Kratch of NJ Advance Media reported that Rutgers women’s basketball player Caitlin Jenkins has been suspended indefinitely due to an arrest this past Saturday.
From the report:
“Senior forward Caitlin Jenkins was arrested Saturday afternoon in New Brunswick and charged with simple assault and criminal mischief, according to court records. Both are disorderly person charges. Jenkins did not play in Sunday’s road game at Minnesota and the team announced her indefinite suspension “for a violation of team policy” in a post-game notes release.”
An earlier report by Josh Newman and Suzanne Russell of the Asbury Park Press stated Jenkins was “charged with simple assault and criminal mischief in connection with a domestic violence incident.”
Jenkins is a key player for the 20th ranked Rutgers women’s basketball team (17-5; 9-2) that is tied for first place in the Big Ten. The senior forward is averaging 6.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 steal for Rutgers in 20 games played.
“Morris was arrested by Texas State University police in San Marcos in September after allegedly assaulting another woman inside a dormitory hall, according to police documents obtained by NJ Advance Media. Morris was dismissed from Baylor’s women’s basketball team two days later. She was then arrested in late December in her hometown of Beaumont, Texas, on marijuana possession and possession of a dangerous object charges, according to arrest records.”
“Morris was arrested on the assault charge – a Class C (misdemeanor) assault by contact – after 10 p.m. local time at Texas State’s San Jacinto Hall on Sept. 9, 2018, according to police documents. The alleged assault victim was issued a “notice to adult victim of family violence,” according to police documents. The victim’s name is included in police documents, but NJ Advance does not name victims of family violence as policy.”
Head coach C. Vivian Stringer and both players declined comment through a university spokesman per Sargeant and Kratch. More to come as these stories develop.