New York, NY (Sports Network) - A Columbia University football player has been
charged with a hate crime after allegedly assaulting another student and using
Chad Washington, a 19-year-old sophomore defensive lineman from Oakland,
Calif., was charged with misdemeanor aggravated harassment as a hate crime. He
was arraigned Wednesday and released without bail.
Police said Washington, who the Ivy League university lists as 6-foot-4, 242
pounds, followed the victim from his dorm room early Sunday, pushed him
against a wall, grabbed him by the collar, yelled racial slurs and threatened
Washington is African-American; the alleged victim is of Asian descent.
Washington's lawyer, Daniel Fetterman, told NBC News the allegations don't
reflect what happened.
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