USC defensive lineman Liam Jimmons will not face charges for shoving Washington State fan
By Joey Kaufman
Local prosecutors will not file criminal charges against Liam Jimmons, a USC sophomore defensive lineman involved in an altercation with a Washington State fan following the Trojans’ 30-27 loss to the Cougars earlier this season.
As fans rushed onto the field at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash., in the aftermath of the upset on Sept. 29, Jimmons shoved a 20-year-old fan while running toward the locker room, as captured by separate cell phone videos.
Washington State University police reviewed video footage as part of its investigation and last month recommended second-degree felony assault charges, citing injuries. The fan suffered a concussion and checked into a hospital, according to Steve Hansen, the assistant police chief. He also reported a sore hip when he visited the emergency room after the game.
The Whitman County prosecutor’s office released its filing decision on Tuesday.
“In my judgment, any jury would conclude that this was a very unfortunate collision of these two people, but not a crime,” wrote Denis Tracy, the Whitman County prosecuting attorney.
Jimmons, 19, admitted shoving the fan to prosecutors, but said he pushed him out of the way in an effort to avoid a collision.
“It was his impression from that split-second interaction that had he collided with the person, both of them would have tumbled together to the ground and both of them could have been injured,” Tracy wrote.
The office found there was not enough evidence to prove the assault beyond a reasonable doubt. It also cited Jimmons’ lack of prior criminal history.
Pac-12 Conference rules prevent fans from storming the field following games, also noted in the filing decision.
After the incident, USC coach Clay Helton said Jimmons received internal discipline, though did not specify. Jimmons was seen after one practice going through a series of up-downs.
Jimmons, a Huntington Beach High graduate, appeared in nine games in […]