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Additional Details Emerge About Big Ten Player Charged With Attempted Murder

Rutgers players run onto the field before a game.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 20: Tyler Hayek #81 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights takes to the field with his team against the Northwestern Wildcats before the game on October 20, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

When news broke yesterday that Rutgers football player Izaia Bullock was being charged with double attempted murder, it seemed like just another negative headline for the downtrodden program. However, the latest details surrounding Bullock's arrest suggest that Rutgers did its part to help prevent a potential tragedy.

According to a new report from, Rutgers officials tipped police off after Bullock, a redshirt junior linebacker, made disturbing statements following a breakup with his girlfriend. The article describes Bullock as being "distraught" over the recent breakup.

Bullock was arrested on Monday and charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder. Authorities said he "initiated a plot to murder the family members of an acquaintance,=."

Rutgers immediately dismissed Bullock from the program following this news.

Here is more from

Bullock confided in the Rutgers coaching staff about his struggles with the breakup and missed a recent practice to deal with the issue. The coaching staff directed him to a university counselor, whom he met with for 90 minutes on Monday. Bullock then made alarming comments to an unnamed teammate following that session.

The teammate reported what Bullock had said to a strength coach, who then followed mandatory protocol and informed a superior. The information was eventually given to Rutgers police on Monday.

Whenever there is a case of a person tragically taking multiple lives like this, people wonder why signs were missed and others didn't do more to help the person and prevent the deaths.

Kudos to Rutgers for doing just that.