A Rutgers basketball player has been kicked off the team following his arrest that allegedly involved domestic violence, according to a report.
NJ.com reported that Issa Thiam was arrested on Friday for allegedly slapping his girlfriend six to eight times in the face and swinging a kitchen knife at her when she refused to surrender her cellphone.
The woman refused to give up her cellphone and Thiam threatened her life with a kitchen knife.
“The victim stated that the defendant threatened to take her life, and made references to previous incidents in which he had used knives to threaten her with serious bodily harm and/or death,” the affidavit said.
Thiam is also accused of slapping the woman in the face several times. He admitted to police that he grabbed her face to “gain compliance.” He also reportedly shoved the woman when she attempted to leave the apartment.
Thiam was charged with simple assault, criminal mischief, false imprisonment, possession of a weapon and making terroristic threats.
According to NJ.com, Thiam denies threatening the woman with a knife.
Head coach Steve Pikiell initially suspended Thiam from the team indefinitely but dismissed him from the program on Monday. Thiam started in nine of the first 10 games and appeared in 25 total contests this season. He averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Thiam, a native of Dakar, Senegal, could also face deportation.