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Ex-Rutgers athlete could be deported for allegedly assaulting woman
By Tamar Lapin
March 11, 2019 | 8:44pm | Updated March 11, 2019 | 9:14pm

The Rutgers basketball player who was arrested for assault after he allegedly slapped a woman in the face a half-dozen times also threatened her with a kitchen knife, according to a report published Monday.

Issa Thiam, a junior forward from Dakar, Senegal, was kicked off the team Monday over the allegations and could now face deportation.

The 22-year-old was arrested Friday following a fight with a woman in his Piscataway apartment that began when he demanded her phone, according to court documents reported by NJ.com.

When the woman, who was not identified, refused to give Thiam her phone, he went to the kitchen, got a knife and said he would kill her, the probable cause affidavit states.

The 6-foot-10 athlete then slapped the woman six to eight times and “used both of his hands to grab her face and gain compliance,” the document states.

Eventually, Thiam got the phone but tried to stop the woman from leaving by shoving her back into the room. When she finally got out and called the cops, Thiam threw the knife out his window “in an attempt to conceal evidence,” the document states.

The player’s attorney, Charles Sciarra, said his client has a “terrific reputation” on campus and denies threatening her with a knife.

After being charged with criminal mischief, false imprisonment, possession of a weapon and making terroristic threats, Thiam was suspended by coach Steve Pikiell and then dismissed from the team Monday.

He is being held at the Middlesex County jail and will appear before a judge Tuesday morning for a detention hearing.
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