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Washington State Receiver Arrested

June 2, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) _ Washington State’s top pass receiver, Nian Taylor, has been arrested for investigation of domestic assault.

Taylor, 22, was charged Wednesday with third-degree malicious mischief and fourth-degree assault, misdemeanors carrying a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

He was released on his own recognizance with the condition that he not contact the ex-girlfriend he is accused of assaulting, deputy prosecutor Toby Krauel said.

Pullman police allege Taylor, elected the team’s co-captain last week, followed the 22-year-old woman to her apartment on Tuesday, kicked the door off its hinges, and threw the door into the apartment. A police press release said Taylor also is accused of striking the woman in the chest with his fist and throwing water on her.

The woman was bruised, but declined medical attention, police said.

Taylor, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior from Riverside, Calif., led the Cougars with 847 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, catching 45 passes in 10 games.

Sports information director Rod Commons said head coach Mike Price would talk to Taylor and law enforcement officers before making any comment.

Three other WSU players have been charged with burglary and theft. One is the team’s top rusher, Kevin Brown.

One is the Cougars’ top rusher, running back Kevin Brown. All three have been suspended by Price, who said that if convicted they will be dismissed from the team.

The men were arrested May 20 at a campus housing complex after witnesses told police they entered an apartment through an unlocked door and left with a laptop computer and other electronics gear.

Police said $1,900 worth of electronics equipment was recovered. The players each face six to 12 months in jail if convicted.

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