Former Brooklyn high school basketball standout Jayvaughn Pinkston has been charged with two counts of simple assault and harassment stemming from a fight outside of a Villanova frat house early Sunday.
The 6-foot-7 forward is being held out of Villanova’s games while the university conducts its review, though Pinkston will be allowed to practice with the sixth-ranked Wildcats, who open the season tonight against Bucknell.
Pinkston was charged by Upper Merion Township Police Thursday for his part in a fracas at the Sigma Phi Epsilon House. According to an eyewitness at the party who requested anonymity, Pinkston was angered when he was locked inside of the house’s laundry room during a romantic encounter with a girl.
“[The frat guy] propped a chair against the door so they couldn’t get out, but eventually he did get out,” the witness said. “He [Pinkston] was [mad], but nothing became of it at the time. He was just yelling.”
The confrontation continued when Pinkston and his friends were waiting for a ride outside the house. That’s when two fraternity members told Pinkston and his group “either to go back inside or leave the property,” according to the party-goer.
“[The first frat brother] was taunting him [about the laundry room], said it was disrespectful and then Jayvaughn turned around and punched [him] in the face,” the witness said. “[He] started bleeding a lot. It turned into a whole brawl…Someone hit [the second frat brother] and he went unconscious. He woke up before he went to the hospital.”
The co-ed said that Pinkston, a McDonald’s All-American out of Bishop Loughlin, was provoked by the jealous fraternity brother.