Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy has decided not to file charges in connection with an altercation between Idaho wide receiver Roman Runner and former Washington State wide receiver Mansel Simmons, Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant said Wednesday.
Simmons was knocked unconscious and suffered serious head injuries when he charged Runner and was punched in the face March 24 in Pullman, police said. WSU and Idaho football players had become agitated at a party.
Police sought a felony second-degree assault charge against Runner and a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against Simmons.
Tennant said Tracy decided not to pursue charges against Runner “because he was acting in self-defense.” Tennant said Tracy decided not to pursue charges against Simmons “because he didn’t think, with his injuries and everything, charges were warranted.”
Simmons, who did not appear in a game in his two years with the Cougars, said his head injuries have forced him to give up football. He plans to accept a medical hardship scholarship from WSU.
The car Runner allegedly drove to the party was heavily damaged after WSU and Idaho players left the scene of the party.
Tennant said police could not prove who damaged the car.