Rutgers basketball player Issa Thiam dismissed from the team & facing deportation after domestic assault charges

Rutgers University basketball player Issa Thiam, Son of Assane Thiam and Fatou Fine Ba majoring in African Studies, has been dismissed from the team and faces deportation after he was released from prison facing charges after allegedly slapping a woman six to eight times and swinging a knife at her. Those charges? Simple assault, criminal mischief, false imprisonment, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, theft by unlawful taking and terroristic threats.

No wonder RU made his roster page disappear so quickly. The one that pointed out that Issa was believed to be the tallest shooting guard in collegiate men’s basketball and pegged him as a 'hard-worker with positive attitude who embraces the team game.' Know your former Knight: "Few people know that I…: am focused on everything I do." and "Rituals I have before, during or after a game are…: Pregame handshake with teammates."

The third-year junior from Dakar, Senegal, hometown of former Rutgers NBA Draft choice and Big East Defensive Player of the Year Hamady Ndiaye, now faces deportation (he was forced to surrender his passport).

And let's not get started on the failing Rutgers Scarlet Knights women's basketball Basketball program...

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