SU football player accused of punching student

Delone Carter / SU Athletics file photo

A Syracuse University football player was arrested Wednesday night after police say he punched a fellow student back in February.

According to Syracuse Police Deputy Chief Joe Cecile, starting running back Delone Carter is charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly striking another student in the face. Cecile says that early in the morning on February 27, the night of the big Syracuse-Villanova basketball game, Carter and teammate Ryan Gillum were driving in an SUV on Waverly Avenue. As they drove by the Kimmel Food Court, a snowball struck the vehicle. Carter and Gillum pulled over and got out of the SUV, and began to argue with 20-year-old William Hotaling, who is also a student at SU.

According to Ceclie, Carter and Gillum believed that Hotaling had thrown the snowball, but investigators concluded that he did not. The person who did throw the snowball is said to have fled immediately and has not been located.

From there, the argument escalated until Carter allegedly punched Hotaling in the face and knocked him to the ground. Hotaling suffered facial injuries as a result of the punch and fall. Police say that Carter and Gillum then got back into the SUV and left the scene.

On a Facebook wall post, Hotaling details the injuries he suffered that night.

"I was actually half blind! But long story short, got attacked on the street late Friday night...ended up with 5 broken bones in the face, a concussion, swollen right eye, and a fair share of cuts and bruises. Good times." wrote Hotaling.

CNY Central contacted Hotaling, who declined to comment, citing the ongoing case. A call was also put in to Hotaling's home in Haddonfield, New Jersey, but his mother also declined comment.

Hotaling is a sophomore in the Whitman School of Management.

Carter and Gillum both missed the team TMs practice Wednesday afternoon so investigators could speak with them. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard , Carter TMs lawyer says that police officers handcuffed Carter and Gillum in front of their teammates and took them to police headquarters for questioning.

We TMre told that investigators did not inform head coach Doug Marrone at the time why the players were being questioned.

Carter was issued an appearance ticket and released. He is scheduled to return to court at a later date. Gillum has not been charged with any offense.

Carter is a senior and was the team's leading rusher last season. Gillum is a senior linebacker. SU Football officials say Carter and Gillum are still on the team and Coach Marrone is investigating the situation further before commenting.