A Columbia University football player has been accused of getting physical with another student and harassing him with racial slurs. Chad Washington, 19, was arrested on charges of aggravated harassment as a hate crime after making “anti-Asian remarks” to his victim.
The victim, also 19, was walking by Washington and a group of his friends early on Sunday morning when they began calling him anti-Asian slurs as he went past. The victim confronted the group and told them to say “those things to his face,” a law enforcement official said. Washington then grabbed the victim by his collar and pushed him up against a wall.
The crime was reported to Columbia’s public-safety department, and the New York Police Department soon took over the investigation. The victim was not injured during the incident, The New York Daily News reported.
Columbia’s website lists Washington as a 6-foot-4 defensive lineman.
Robert Hornsby, a spokesman for the university, emailed a statement saying that Columbia couldn’t comment on “an ongoing police investigation.”
“We can only say that Columbia is widely recognized for the core values long defining us as an urban university community: the multi-cultural diversity of our students, faculty and staff; our openness to people and ideas; and tolerance for our differences. And we will continue to be guided by these essential values.”