Charles Boozer Leaves Iowa State After Assault Charge
The rising senior announced he is leaving the program and "seeking treatment" following his arrest Saturday in Ames, Iowa, for simple assault stemming from an alleged altercation with a woman. Boozer, the younger brother of Utah Jazz star Carlos Boozer, was accused in a criminal complaint of slapping and kicking the unnamed woman.
Reached by FanHouse for comment, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard expressed regret over the incident, but applauded Boozer for taking responsibility for his actions.
"I'm disappointed that the situation happened; I'm disappointed that Charles put himself in that position," Pollard told FanHouse Monday. "I feel for the alleged victim, but I also respect the fact Charles has stepped up and taken responsibility for his actions and has decided to do something about what has clearly been a problem in his life. I give him credit for that.
"At the same time, I feel for the person he had the altercation with because that's serious stuff."
Boozer apologized for his actions in a release issued by the school Monday afternoon.
"I want to apologize for my actions that put Iowa State University in a negative light," Boozer said in the statement. "I have decided that the best course action right now is to finish my semester and then seek treatment. Coach [Fred] Hoiberg and I had a long talk last night and he agrees it would be in my best interest to seek my release from Iowa State and take care of some of the problems I have been dealing with."
As if Hoiberg didn't have enough problems taking over a program that returns two starters from a team that went 15-17 last season under Greg McDermott. Hoiberg, the former ISU standout, has the Boozer situation to deal with less than a week since taking over.
"After visiting with Charles last night, I feel that his decision to leave the program is in the best interest for both parties," Hoiberg said in the release. "Charles had a terrible lapse in judgment and I sincerely hope that he learns from his mistake and can land on his feet."
Some of the details of the alleged assault suggest Boozer may need some serious help before ever considering resuming his basketball career. According to the police report, the woman had red marks on her face and scratches on her leg. Boozer was released on a $300 cash bond.
Boozer apparently admitted to police and school officials that he argued with the woman and pushed her. It also sounds like this may not be the first time Boozer's anger got the best of him, though Pollard declined to go into details when asked if he had been a model student athlete up to this point.
"Charles has been a great student, he's a good kid but he has some issues," Pollard said. "He has some issues that he is deciding to do something about. I wish him all the best and hope he takes care of that."