On Monday, Pitt announced that guard Ithiel Horton has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest over the weekend on the South Side of Pittsburgh.
“Due to the nature of the incident involving Horton, he is suspended automatically from practice and competition privileges until the legal process has been completed to the satisfaction of the University,” Pitt said in a release. “University officials, including head coach Jeff Capel, are not able to comment on the situation until it has been resolved.”
The incident occurred late Friday night, when Horton’s car was being towed on East Carson St. KDKA-TV reported that police were called to the scene around 1 a.m., after Horton got in a dispute with the tow truck operator. Police accused Horton of striking an officer in the face and causing his lip to bleed before fleeing the scene on foot. Shortly after, Horton was arrested.
Pitt’s leading returning scorer, he is now facing charges of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, along with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and public drunkenness. Horton has a court hearing regarding the arrest scheduled for Nov. 18.
Pitt opens its season Tuesday night against The Citadel without its top two returning scorers, Horton and Nike Sibande (torn ACL).