Former Pitt player charged with assault in South Side brawl

PITTSBURGH — A former University of Pittsburgh football player who was drafted over the weekend by the Tennessee Titans has been charged with assault.

Rashad Weaver, 23, is charged with punching a woman in the side of the head after an altercation on East Carson Street.

According to a criminal complaint, witnesses said they saw Weaver, who is 6′5 inches tall and weighs about 280 pounds, fighting with a group of people at 17th and Bingham streets around 2:30 a.m. on April 18.

A woman told police Weaver approached her and her friends in the Foxtail Bar and accused them of spilling a drink on him. The woman and her friends left, and Weaver followed.

Witnesses saw Weaver punch the woman, who is about 5′7 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds, on the side of the head and saw her fall into the street.

When officers arrived, they said Weaver told them he had “no problem hitting a female if they needed it,” according to the criminal complaint.

The woman went to the hospital a few days later because she was vomiting and was diagnosed with a concussion.

Weaver has been charged with assault and faces a preliminary hearing on Oct. 5.

Weaver, a consensus All-American defensive end last season, was picked by the Titans as an outside linebacker on Saturday afternoon during the fourth round. He was Pitt’s second-highest drafted player of the weekend.