BOISE — Boise State men’s basketball freshman guard Jaycson Bereal was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with two misdemeanors after an altercation at a downtown bar. Bereal was subsequently suspended indefinitely from the BSU basketball team.
According to arrest records on the Ada County Sheriff’s Office website, Bereal, 19, was booked at 1:36 a.m. Sunday and charged with battery and loitering-minor forbidden to loiter at certain licensed premises that sell alcohol.
A spokesman for the Boise Police Department released an arrest report to the Idaho Press on Sunday afternoon that said Bereal had illegally entered a 21-and-up bar despite being only 19 years old. According to the report, “when an employee at the business found out the suspect’s age, the suspect was asked to leave and the suspect began physically fighting with the employee, ultimately batting him.
“Bereal was cited for Possession/Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor and booked into the Ada County Jail on the (two) charges.”
Bereal is redshirting this season but has been absent from the bench the past few games as he focuses on his schoolwork. The 6-foot-6 guard was a highly touted prospect out of Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
A team spokesman released a short statement that said, “Boise State is aware of last night’s incident, and will handle appropriately per department policy.”
Broncos coach Leon Rice announced the indefinite suspension Tuesday and commented on the arrest for the first time.
“It’s really, really disappointing,” Rice said. “We have a lot of guys doing great things and when you have an incident like that it takes away from the guys that are always doing stuff right. That’s what is disappointing and that’s my job to clean that up and fix that.”
Bereal issued a public apology Monday on his personal Twitter account, saying in part, “I made a bad decision and I am paying for it inside and out. I’ve put a negative light on myself, my family and my teammates, and that hurts me more than anyone could ever know. I will use this experience and learn from it. ... Please forgive me for my mistake. It will not happen again.”
Asked if Bereal could still face further punishment such as being kicked off the team, Rice said they were “still gathering information and we’ll leave it at suspended indefinitely while we gather stuff.”