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NORTH SALT LAKE — University of Utah wide receiver Kenric Young was cited with assaulting an individual at a pool party on Saturday, according to police.
At approximately 8:40 p.m. Saturday, police were called to an apartment complex at 325 S. Orchard Drive in North Salt Lake for a fight. The fight broke out at a pool party when Young, 20, allegedly punched another individual at the party in the face several times.
A witness at the party, who asked to remain anonymous in fear of retaliation, said the fight started after a neighbor asked Young to pull his pants up because “there were women and children present.” The witness said Young yelled obscenities at the individual and “threw his beer in my neighbor’s face.”
A fight ensued as multiple people swarmed, according to the witness. A video obtained by KSL.com shows the fight at the pool; however, the individuals involved could not be positively identified.
“We did have an altercation that turned physical, so our officers responded and they did issue two citations,” assistant chief of police Troy Johnson said.
The witness to the fight said Young told people that he was “untouchable” before police arrived and they cited him for assault. Johnson said “a lot of the witnesses there indicated that some of those guys were athletes at the University of Utah, but I’m not in a position to confirm or deny that.”
A second citation was issued to a woman for disorderly conduct, but Johnson said “there is no indication or allegation that she was an athlete. She was just somebody that was involved in the altercation.”
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said he has learned of the altercation and that the university will be investigating the incident.
“When we learned of the accusations against Kenric Young we contacted University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy and asked if he could obtain more information from the North Salt Lake police on what happened," Whittingham said. "We will cooperate fully with any police investigation and once we learn the facts, we will take any appropriate disciplinary measures.”
More information will be posted when it becomes available.