HUNTINGTON - Two Marshall University men's basketball players were charged Tuesday with misdemeanor battery and summoned to court.
The players, junior guard Shaquille Johnson and freshman guard DeAndre Kane, will participate in the Thundering Herd's home game against UAB tonight at 7. A court date for the two has not been set.
Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick and first-year Coach Tom Herrion released a joint statement in response to the charges filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court.
"We take this matter very seriously, as we do all situations that involve our student-athletes," the statement said. "We have looked into this and are aware of the circumstances. We have every confidence in the legal system and we are allowing the legal process to take its course.
"These young men are innocent until proven guilty and we are treating them accordingly."
The criminal complaints charge the players in connection with an altercation outside of a Huntington bar in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 30.
Marshall defeated Memphis, 85-70, at the Henderson Center on the night of Jan. 29.
The complaints state that the incident unfolded when Johnson, Kane and several of their teammates tried to skip to the front of the line outside of a bar in the 1300 block of 4th Avenue in Huntington. The players allegedly pushed other patrons out of the way and the victim asked the players to stop.