Two Old Dominion football players have been arrested following an altercation at a nightclub, and one of the players — a rising star on the team — could face a felony charge.
Devin Hannan and Manny Matiarena have been suspended, according to a report By News 3 in Norfolk, Va.
News 3 reported that head football coach Bobby Wilder issued a terse statement that said, “Devin Hannan and Manny Matiarena have been suspended indefinitely from the Old Dominion football team.”
Authorities said a verbal altercation in a bar turned violent, and two men — one 26, the other 21 — were injured. The 26-year-old had to be taken to the hospital, according to a report in the Virginian Pilot.
Hannan, a 20-year-old sophomore, was arrested on suspicion of malicious wounding , a felony, and misdemeanor assault and battery, the Pilot reported. Matiarena was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery, a misdemeanor.
Hannan is a 6-foot-4, 298 pound offensive tackle who’s a rising star, according to his Old Dominion bio. He was named to the All-Freshman team in Conference USA, and was an anchor on the offensive line that helped the Monarchs lead the conference in rushing yards. Matiarena, a red shirt senior, is a 6-foot-4, 305 pound offensive tackle who appeared in 11 games last season, mostly with the kickoff team, according to his Old Dominion bio. He’s already graduated with a degree in criminal justice.
Hannan and Matiarena were the third and fourth football players arrested in the last month. Derek Wilder, the coach’s son, and Aquante Thornton, a former defensive back, were each suspended after they were charged on May 18 with eluding police (a felony) and misdemeanor reckless driving on motorcycles.