USC offensive tackle Chad Wheeler is in protective custody for a psychiatric evaluation after an altercation with police, according to a report by NBC.
Wheeler, a starting offensive lineman for the Trojans, missed today’s practice for a “personal issue,” head coach Clay Helton told reporters.
Per NBC, here’s what happened:
Los Angeles officers responded to a man at around 8:45 a.m. PT (11:45 a.m. ET) who was possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol, punching walls and windows, and injuring his hands inside an apartment in South Los Angeles near the USC campus, said the law enforcement sources close to the investigation.
The man was identified as Chad Wheeler, a junior and an offensive lineman at USC. He ran out of the apartment after hitting at the walls and windows, the sources said.
Wheeler was confronted by officers, got into an altercation with them, and was hit with bean bag rounds. The sources did not go into detail about the exact nature of what led police to use bean bag rounds, a less lethal form of force.
NBC says that Wheeler was not arrested, but taken to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and is in protective custody.
LAPD confirmed that Chad Wheeler was not arrested this morning…therefore, per policy, would not comment about NBC report of incident.
— Rich Hammond (@Hammond_OCR) December 19, 2015
USC is set to take on Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl Dec. 30.