Football: Cal freshman says he sustained major concussion in altercation with teammate

Cal freshman Fabiano Hale said he suffered a major concussion and needed stitches in his ear after an altercation with a football teammate that landed him in the hospital overnight and prompted an investigation by UC Berkeley police.

“I have a headache still. I feel like crap,” Hale told the Santa Cruz Sentinel, his hometown newspaper.

A walkon running back from Soquel High, Hale said he is recovering at home and plans to return to school on Monday.

Cal athletics in a statement said it is cooperating with a police investigation into the incident last Friday at the Simpson Center training facility, but would not have further comment until the matter is resolved.

Hale declined to answer most questions, including what prompted the exchange, who else was involved and which party was the aggressor. He said he was advised not to comment because the investigation is ongoing.

Hale did say he does not remember being taken to the hospital.

“I don’t know what my emotions are,” he said. “I’m focusing on getting better and getting my head right so I can focus in school.”

Hale, 18, has not played in a game for the Bears this season.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Everything has gone wrong for Dykes. Snakebit by injuries, players retiring or transferring, relying on a freshman QB. And now this.

    I hope the report that he told the players to “handle” the kid who got beat up is not true. Or that it is out of context and was not involved in the players’ decision to be physically violent towards a teammate.

    This is very sad. Good luck recruiting the rest of this year. There’s about 90 days left before signing day. And if we don’t add some game changers for next year then we’re going to have the same depth issues then. And that will be in parallel to Oregon, Arizona, Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, USC, Oregon State all continuing to grow the talent gap between them and us.

  • Juancho–I know you care about the Cal football program, and I believe your intentions are decent; but sometimes you can cause damage by not thinking about what you post. You know these blogs are read widely by recruits. For you to take what reactive one-sided tweets and “friends of the family” statements about what happened and then transform the reports about what “a coach” may have said or may/may not have done in this situation into a statement that Dykes was the coach who made the statement about “handling this internally” and then shift it further to suggest that Dykes told the players to “handle” this in a way some mob boss might react, is way beyond irresponsible. You most likely owe Dykes an apology after the investigation is complete and certainly would be doing Cal fans all a great big favor if you just shut up on this matter until you know something definitely based on facts released by the responsible authorities.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    That was the hardest hit of the year by your patsy bunch of 1-8 football players. Read that recruits.

  • Juancho

    Pete the off chance a recruit based his decision by blog posts will not make me just be quiet instead of posting my frustration.

    Recruits are on twitter. Blogs are for old fogies.

    I dont owe dykes squat. It was the sf chronicle writer who covers cal that reported it.

    Its not a random tweet from a fan like me. I said i hope its bot true. I didnt say it is true.

  • Juancho

    Pete you might be rigt though. Maybe its better we follow the uc lead and not comment yet. So i do apologize.

    I let my frustration around the lack of momentum the program produced, ie no spike moment, with the new coach hire get the better of me.

    Can dykes get things going. I think so. I think they better recruit like hell though.

  • Juancho

    In other news is cal wearing the joe roth throwbacks this weekend ?

  • Rollonubears

    This would be a good time to get out of the ridiculous contract.

  • daredevilfan

    Pete, stop being such a drama queen. This blog is just for obsessed fans, not young recruits. And no one really takes us seriously, except I guess you. Chill out. We are the consumers. If anything SB and SD owe us apologies. They are getting paid for the crap they are dishing out, we are the ones who pay for seats.

  • Dare–Yeah, fair point. Sorry Jauncho. We got too much crap as it is.

  • covinared

    Hale is a walk on. Dykes does not need to enlist players to bully him off the team anyway. All he to do is cut him. Stupid rumor.

  • Wehofx

    Good read – w exception of blocked post. All y’all got game.

  • 707 Bear

    On the topic of walk ons:

    Is our graduation rate based only on scholarship players?

    I heard someone say that programs keep–likely to graduate–walk ons to pad the graduation rate.