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Rutgers Football Player Charged In Alleged Double-Murder Plot

October 31, 2018 - 2:53 pm
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- A Rutgers University football player is accused of plotting to murder two members of a friend's family.

The allegations are the latest in a string of alleged crimes involving members of the team.

In the past few years, more Rutgers football players have been charged for crimes than the team has gotten wins.

In 2015, several player were arrested in connection with a series of home invasions and armed robberies. Eight players this summer were arrested as part of a credit card fraud scheme. Now, 22-year-old Izaia Bullock, a walk on, has been charged in an attempted double-murder plot.

The number of losses on the field and the number of criminal charges off the field have pushed Rutgers football into a historically bad place, which is saying something considering Rutgers played the very first college football game in history, WCBS 880's Mike Smeltz reported.

NJ Advance Media Sports Columnist Steve Politi says there’s no exact source for why Rutgers football players seem to continually be at the center of criminal investigations.

"You know, I don't know if you can pinpoint one reason exactly why," Politi said. "The university is one of the best public schools in the country so that's a problem they're trying to figure out a solution to."

Athletics is meant to bring an interest to the school from prospective students and donors, but Politi says the football team may be repelling interest in Rutgers.

"I think that's one of the concerns a lot of people at Rutgers have is that people see this football program and it's not just things that are happening off the field but on the field the team is struggling in a big way. There's one in seven and losing games by very lopsided scores, and I think people look at that and think it reflects poorly on the university as a whole."

When asked whether it's even worth it for Rutgers to have a football team, Politi says getting rid of the team is not the answer, making the team better is.

"You've got 100 young people there's always going to be a chance that something bad is going to happen but I don't think that eliminating the program is the answer," Politi said.

Bullock is charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.