Thug Life: Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Police said criminal charges will be announced today over an off-campus apartment confrontation that involved members of the Penn State football team.

State College Police on Thursday called the matter a “burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault incident.” Several players were interviewed by police, but it was unclear whether any player would be charged.

A police spokeswoman said no other information was available in advance of the news conference by Chief Thomas King and Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno said last weekend the investigation had not become a distraction.

“I never try to worry about things until I have to worry about them,” he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I am not sure I have anything to worry about here.”

Police have said they received a report that shortly after midnight on April 1 about 10 men pushed their way into an apartment and assaulted several male partygoers. That clash was apparently connected to a “street confrontation” about an hour earlier, police said.

Residents of the apartment received a letter a few days later that asked them to drop the charges, a university spokesman said. It was signed, “The Voice of the Penn State Student Body.”