A suspended Washington State University football player has been charged with domestic violence for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in Moscow. The case against redshirt freshman defensive back Grant Porter began on the morning of November 14th. That’s when his girlfriend called Moscow Police to report that Porter had assaulted her the night before inside her apartment. The woman told police that she and Porter got into an argument when he pushed her onto a dog kennel and then pulled her onto the floor. She also told officers that Porter grabbed her on the back of the neck and stated that, “she didn’t know who she was messing with.” Court documents also show that Porter reportedly threatened his girlfriend if she went to police. He allegedly threatened to do something to her car so it would, “blow up and kill her.” He reportedly made an additional threat to, “put bullet holes in her door.” The woman told officers that Porter had choked her twice before and her roommate reported that he had previously hit his girlfriend in the head.
The couple had been dating since September. She told police that she was afraid to report the alleged abuse and felt intimidated by Porter. She allegedly suffered cuts, scratches and bruises from the November assault. Moscow Police took pictures of the injuries. Officers then interviewed Porter who denied abusing his girlfriend. He was arrested on the morning of November 14th when officers found inconsistencies with his statement and after he stopped answering questions.
Porter was initially booked into the Latah County Jail in Moscow for domestic battery. He was released the next day before being booked into jail again a week later after an arrest warrant was issued for his apprehension stemming from the same case. Porter’s second stint in jail lasted a day as his 20,000 dollar bond was posted on November 22nd. He is scheduled to be in Latah County 2nd District Court for a pretrial conference Tuesday afternoon at 1:00. The 19 year old has been charged with misdemeanor domestic battery without a traumatic injury.
Porter has never played in a Cougar football game. Cougar Athletics Sports Information Director says he has been suspended from the team and prohibited from practice for the past 5 weeks. The alleged abuse is in stark contrast to an honor that Porter received in May. The WSU football player received the Lifesaving Award from Pullman City Council for preventing a suicide attempt.