Ausar Walcott, former Virginia defensive lineman, charged with attempted murder


Former Virginia defensive lineman Ausar Walcott, shown here after his 2011 arrest for his role in a fight at James Madison University, has been charged with attempted murder in New Jersey. (Anonymous/AP)

Former Virginia defensive lineman Ausar Walcott has been arrested on first-degree attempted murder charges after an altercation outside a bar in Passaic, N.J., on Sunday night, according to reports.

Walcott, 23, allegedly punched a man in the head during a fight at the Palace Gentleman’s Club and turned himself in to police Tuesday night. He is also facing charges of second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim. His bail has been set at $500,000 cash.

The Bergen Record reported the victim, 24-year-old Derrick Jones, was still in critical condition at a Manhattan hospital as of Tuesday night

Walcott, who signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in May but was released Wednesday, also had legal troubles while at Virginia. He was one of three Cavaliers players arrested on assault-and-battery and burglary charges stemming from a fight at a party at James Madison University in January 2011.

Coach Mike London indefinitely suspended Walcott from the football program at the time, although all the charges against him were eventually dropped.

Given a second chance, Walcott appeared to have turned a corner by his senior season in Charlottesville. The Hackensack, N.J., native started six games at defensive end and finished with 30 tackles in 2012. London consistently raved about how much Walcott had grown from the experience.

“He’s had issues here, but I’m so proud of him that he’s kind of turned his life around in terms of being that model . . . of doing well in class, of doing the things he’s supposed to do, wanting to learn how to play football, being accountable to his teammates. He’s made tremendous strides in that area,” London said in September.

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