LARAMIE — Junior Wyoming defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan has been suspended indefinitely from the Wyoming football team after being issued a summons for a pair of misdemeanor charges, the team announced Friday afternoon.
Ghaifan was charged with Class 2 false imprisonment and Class 3 harassment Friday morning in Fort Collins, Colorado. The summons requires Ghaifan to appear in court at a later date.
Wyoming plays rival Colorado State on Friday night in the annual Border War.
Fort Collins Police Department spokesman Dustin Wier said police were dispatched at 9:46 a.m. to a report of harassment at the Mariott Hotel, 350 East Horsetooth Road, involving Ghaifan and a hotel guest and employee.
“Fort Collins police officers responded to conduct an investigation,” Wier said. “As a result of the information obtained on scene, Youhanna was issued a citation for harassment and false imprisonment. Both are misdemeanors. After receiving the citation, he was released.”
Weir said he couldn’t provide further details in regards to how the incident started. Police are still in the process of talking to potential witnesses.
Wier said a court citation is standard operating procedure for Level 2 and Level 3 misdemeanors in Colorado rather than an arrest. Ghaifan will appear at Larimer County Courthouse in Fort Collins, though a court date hasn’t been set.
“We take these allegations seriously,” head coach Craig Bohl said in a release. “I spoke with Youhanna and informed him that he was being suspended indefinitely, and we had a staff member take him back to Laramie.
“The president of the University, the dean of students and the athletics director have all been notified. I, personally, have very limited information about the details of this incident at this time.”
“We are working with the University administration to make sure we follow all policies and procedures as they relate to this issue,” athletic director Tom Burman said in the release. “Coach Bohl informed us immediately after he was made aware of the situation, and I communicated that information to our University administration this morning.”
Wyoming athletics said it would not have any further comment at this time.
The Grand Island, Nebraska, product was a first-team all-Mountain West defensive lineman last season. This year, he ranks 10th in the Mountain West with one tackle for loss per game, best on the team. He was named to the conference’s preseason all-conference team in July.