A University of Pittsburgh football player has a hearing scheduled next week on charges stemming from a family brawl in Homestead.
Homestead police charged 23-year-old Tyrone Ezell, of Munhall, with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. Police also charged his father, Albert Ezell, 57, of Munhall in connection with the July 30 incident.
Police responded to a woman’s East 16th Avenue home for the report of a fight. The woman told police Heaven Franklin-Pitts and her relatives, Tyrone and Albert Ezell, came to her home and accused her daughter of jumping Franklin-Pitts earlier that day.
The woman told police she had her 14-year-old daughter step outside and Franklin-Pitts attacked her. When the woman tried to help, she said Albert Ezell punched her. When another daughter, a 21-year-old, stepped in, Tyrone Ezell punched her in the mouth, according to the criminal complaint filed against Tyrone Ezell.
“Three grown men came over and started throwing my kids around up and down the street. Everywhere I looked, I saw my kids getting assaulted by three men,” the woman said.
The woman said Albert Ezell hit her and threw her to the ground. The woman gave police an estimate of the $775 worth of damage done to her teeth during the fight, the complaint said.
“I can’t fend off and fight three grown men in the middle of the street,” the woman said Thursday.
A preliminary hearing scheduled Wednesday was postponed to Oct. 16 before District Judge Thomas Torkowsky.
Tyrone Ezell, who is listed at 6-foot 4-inches tall and weighing about 300 pounds, is a senior defensive tackle and a graduate of Steel Valley High School who started all four games this season. He was suspended for the 2012 season opener for a violation of team rules, but started the remainder of the games.
The University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department released the following statement Thursday, “We are aware of an alleged July incident involving Tyrone Ezell, who has asserted his innocence in this matter. Given that assertion, and based upon what we know, Tyrone will remain an active member of the football program while the legal process runs its course.”
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