Coastal Carolina backup quarterback Bryce Carpenter was arrested for allegedly throwing a woman onto a concrete sidewalk, according to reports. Police says the woman suffered injuries. Carpenter denies the allegations.
In the sequence of events leading up to the alleged assault by Carpenter, police responded to a house party in South Carolina after a different alleged assault took place.
Police say a woman claimed that earlier in the night, she and Carpenter were in the garage of the party when he “began making sexual advances towards her.”
According to the officer’s report, the woman said she rejected Carpenter but he still made advances and tried to kiss her and “grab her butt.” The woman also told police that other people at the party saw what was going on, and pulled Carpenter away from her.
Later that evening, according to the woman, she saw Carpenter sitting on a sidewalk and approached him to talk. According to the police Carpenter got up from the sidewalk and attempted to make another advance on the woman. She allegedly pushed him away and that’s when he snapped, police say.
The woman accused Carpenter of grabbing her, picking her up and throwing her down on the sidewalk. She suffered scratches, swelling, and a hematoma to the back of the head.
Carpenter denies the allegations and told police he never went to any parties and was at home all night. He was arrested Sunday morning and charged with one count of third-degree assault and battery. He was released after posting $2,500 bond.
The university has been made aware of the situation with Carpenter and issued a statement:
“Coastal Carolina University student Bryce Carpenter has been suspended indefinitely from all football-related activities,” the school said in a statement. “All student conduct cases are handled through CCU’s student conduct process. Due to the FERPA federal law, CCU is unable to release any other details.”
If the allegations prove true, Carpenter is in a lot of trouble. If it’s unclear or there are discrepancies to what actually happened, things get a bit more ambiguous.
Carpenter has played in 11 games this season and started in two of them. He had 53 passing yards and one passing touchdown during the regular season for CCU.
He is listed as a super senior in his athlete bio and graduated in December 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He was said to be working on a second degree in business management.
This story is developing, so check back for additional details.
The details around this incident seem to suggest that Carpenter and the woman knew each other. To what extent is unclear.
Carpenter played high school football at Venice High School. He was named the 2017 Mr. Football for the state of Florida. He was first team all-Florida and the Class 7A Player of the Year in the state.
He led Venice to a 14-1 record, a No. 25 national ranking, and the Florida 7A state championship.