East Carolina linebacker suspended after assault charge

Updated: July 10, 2008, 11:17 PM ET
By Graham Watson | ESPN.com

East Carolina freshman linebacker Max Joyner was indefinitely suspended by coach Skip Holtz Thursday after he was detained early Wednesday morning for assaulting another man.

According to the Greenville Police, Joyner, 18, was arrested on Stratford Road across from the Clark-LeClair baseball stadium on the East Carolina campus in Greenville , N.C. He was charged with assault inflicting serious injury.

According to the police report, the arresting officer found the victim lying on the street with multiple lacerations on the face. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to its location where he identified Joyner as his attacker. Two other witnesses also identified Joyner.

Joyner went before the Pitt County magistrate and was then taken to a detention center where he was released on a $1,000 secured bond. Greenville Fire and Rescue took the victim to the hospital. There was no word on his condition.

This is the second time this year that Joyner has been arrested for assault. In January, Joyner was arrested for assaulting an Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent in Greenville . He was released on a $500 unsecured bond.

"At this point, Max Joyner has been suspended indefinitely from the football program for a violation of team rules," Holtz said in the statement.

Joyner enrolled at ECU at the start of the university's second summer session on June 25 and was participating in the team's voluntary workouts. Joyner, 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, was a defensive standout at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville where he won three Class 4A state championships. He was among the 105 players scheduled to report to Pirates' camp on Aug. 1.

Joyner's trial date is set for Aug. 22.

Graham Watson covers college football for ESPN.com. She can be reached at gwatson.espn@gmail.com.

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