Football: Cal cooperating with investigation into altercation that sent freshman to hospital

Cal athletics said it is cooperating with a UC Berkeley police investigation into a post-practice altercation that sent freshman walkon Fabiano Hale to the hospital.

Hale, 18, who attended Soquel High, was checked into the urgent care facility at the Tang Center on campus Friday after an incident involving another freshman at the Simpson Center training facility.

A spokesperson for Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley said Hale was discharged on Saturday.

The identity of the second player involved has not been made made public.

Coach Sonny Dykes took no questions on the subject at his weekly news conference.

“We are still in the process of gathering information, but will not rush to judgment,” a statement from Cal athletics said. “We will have no further comment until the investigation is complete.”

Dykes, asked about the Miami Dolphins’ situation involving former Stanford lineman Jonathan Martin, who left the team after bullying from teammate Richie Incognito, called hazing “one of the dinosaurs that’s dying off in football.”

“It’s kind of been a football thing that we don’t tolerate at all,” Dykes said. “It was one of the traditions when we got here that the freshmen would pick up the seniors’ (mealtime) trays and take their trash. We ended that immediately.

“We’re all in this thing together. Every player on our team … they’re all teammates and deserve to be treated with the same amount of respect. That’s something we don’t put up with or tolerate at all.”

There is no specific information that the Cal incident involved hazing.

Dykes said he and his staff have been “crystal clear” with players about expectations for their conduct on and off the field.

“They’re 18-, 19-, 20-year olds. They’re going to make mistakes,” he said. “But I trust their intentions, believe they’re good kids with good hearts.”

The Cal statement said there was “a lot of misinformation reported” on the matter that required their response.

Specifically, Cal said that a team physician, coach and administrator each contacted the Hale family prior to the family arriving at the hospital. The coach also visited the player and his family at the hospital.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    What an embarrasment the football program has become for our school.

  • Certainly sad times. Coaching staff seems over their heads in the Pac-12. Poor playing, poor academics, poor attendance, players leaving the team and the frustration level getting so high that players start beating on their own teammates. Granted some of this is college sports today, and all programs have some of these issues, but we have all the problems at one time. Most important however is wishing Hale and his family a speedy recovery. There should be less time spent debating who should be the starting QB from week to week than what is needed for a complete re-think of the direction of football program up to the AD. Hard to imagine parents wanting to send their kids to play in the program the way it stands now.