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USC football players Skai Moore, Deebo Samuel accused of assault after incident in Five Points bar

May 2, 2017

COLUMBIA — A star South Carolina linebacker coming off neck surgery, and the Gamecocks’ top wide receiver were accused of assaulting a man early Saturday morning in a Five Points bar, police said.

A Columbia Police Department report named Skai Moore, Deebo Samuel and former USC football player Jalen Dread as those involved in the incident, which occurred around 3 a.m., according to The (Columbia) State. The victim told police he confronted the three after they knocked his phone out of his hand.

Deebo Samuel is a starting receiver for USC who had 14 catches for 190 yards in the bowl game to close last season.

“The subjects then became agitated, refuting the accusation,” the report states. “After a few seconds, the incident escalated to the subjects physically assaulting him.”

According to the report, the victim was hit several times in the face and had visible swelling around his left eye. Bar staff at Five Points Saloon pulled the men off the victim and escorted them from the bar, located in a popular nightlife area near the USC campus.

Moore was USC’s leading tackler for three seasons before missing last year following surgery to a disc in his neck. The 6-2, 221-pound linebacker returned to school for the 2017 campaign. Samuel, 6-foot and 208 pounds, is a starting wide receiver. The 5-10, 220-pound Dread is a linebacker who planned to transfer after not playing last season, and is no longer on the USC roster.

USC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to the police, “the subjects were identified by the fact that they were each USC football players,” the report reads. No charges have been filed, but the case has been assigned to an investigator.