James Skelton, Zach Tiedgen, CSU footballers, cited in Fort Collins mega-party (VIDEO)
Earlier today, we noted that Chatfield High School graduate Whitney Wonnacott is engaged to marry basketball star Jimmer Fredette. But another Chatfield product is in the news for a much less positive reason.
Former Chatfield footballer James Skelton is one of two CSU Rams to have been cited in regard to a party-out-of-bounds in Fort Collins on Saturday. He's been charged with third-degree assault.
Busted alongside Skelton was teammate Zach Tiedgen, accused of disorderly conduct, and two non-Rams: Daniel Rosselot and Dillon Lawrence, whose citations list third-degree assault and interference with a peace officer, respectively.
As the Fort Collins Coloradoan reports, the bash, which got started shortly on Saturday afternoon, shortly after a football practice, and eventually attracted a crowd estimated in the thousands. Police showed up about two hours into the party and were soon overwhelmed by alcohol-intoxication cases, a police spokesman told the Coloradoan. And that's not to mention the fight involving Skelton, whose CSU bio lists him at six-feet-two-inches tall and 230 pounds. A business administration major from Littleton, he's projected as the Rams' starting linebacker.
Tiedgen, for his part, is a backup defensive lineman from Higlands Ranch who attended ThunderRidge High School.
In addition to noting Skelton's football accomplishments, the CSU website notes a number of good deeds: "In February before 2011 spring practice, spent a day at the Open Door Mission in Fort Collins, serving meals to the homeless... In the summer of 2011, devoted a day to meeting and playing with kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Wellington, Colo. .. .Interacted with youngsters at Fort Collins' annual Youth Sports Fundraiser and Football Bash, the day before the Super Bowl at The Edge Sports Center in February before the '10 season... For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Bacon Elementary in Fort Collins."
At this point, Rams coach Steve Fairchild hasn't decided the players' fate. In a statement, he said, "I'm gathering facts right now, and I'm not going to comment further until a more appropriate time."
He'll have to come to a conclusion quickly. The Rams' first game takes place on Saturday versus New Mexico. Look below to see a 9News video about the party.
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