Two Quinnipiac basketball players charged with assault, breach of peace

By on September 21, 2011

Two Quinnipiac basketball players were charged with assault in the third degree and breach of peace in the second degree early Sunday morning, according to a Hamden Police report.

Both players have been released after each posted a $5,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in court in Meriden Sept. 26.

James Johnson

Ike Azotam, 20, allegedly struck another student in an attempt to break up a fight, according to the report. The student assaulted was treated for his injuries at the University’s medical center.

Police identified James Johnson, 21, as a student who struck another student in the face.

No other students involved were mentioned in the police report or were available as of press time.

The university is investigating the situation and released a statement on the situation.

“The university is investigating the matter,” said Lynn Bushnell, vice president for public affairs. “The students involved have been fully cooperating with the Hamden police, campus security and

Ike Azotam

student affairs. The investigation will follow the university’s normal judicial process.”

Quinnipiac’s athletics department did not have a comment at this time.

Johnson, a senior guard, led the Bobcats in scoring last year, averaging 16.1 points and was selected to the First Team All Northeast Conference.

Azotam, a sophomore forward, grabbed 164 rebounds on the season, second on the team behind Justin Rutty.


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  1. Typical

    September 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Really not surprised by this… Glad charges were pressed against them instead of having it covered up.

    Alcohol + QU Basketball always seems to lead to violence.

    • robal

      September 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      throw them the HELL OUT
      they are nothing but trouble

      Shame on them for punching out someone for no reason

      • -_____-

        September 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm

        “No reason” Were you there? How do you know it was for “no reason?”

    • robal

      September 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      Hey lets follow the handbook

    • The Part NOT published

      September 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Its funny that Athletics will cover these punks up, but I bet they havent heard the story that these kids got arrested for weed possession 2 days later!

  2. Caleb Gindl

    September 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Did they urinate on anybody?

    • Jacobb

      September 21, 2011 at 8:36 am


  3. JJ Fan

    September 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    My daughters and I are fans of the men’s team and attend every home game. Let’s not take this simple story and run with it. It’s college and boys will be boys. No
    drugs or weapons were found so get over it.

    • SomeMomYouAre

      September 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Get over it? lady, do you want your daughters to be placed in a school where they can get assaulted and have no just justified actions for those held accountable? Either you are a kid disguised as a mother, or a horrible mom.

      • Let's Be Serious

        September 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm

        Don’t be so quick to judge them because you only know one side of the story. Those other kids are not close to innocent themselves. If you’re going to start a fight be prepared to actually fight

        • Let's Be Serious

          September 23, 2011 at 12:23 am

          You have no idea what your talking about the “other kids” your talking about were walking down the stairs and were jumped by the kids from the basketball team. Get your facts straight kid, they werent prepared to fight because they didn’t think they were getting into a fight.

  4. QU Student

    September 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I don’t know who said they were breaking up a fight but everyone at school here knows they jumped those other boys and attacked them. Stop trying to protect them and saying they were breaking up a fight. You dont try to break up a fight and send someone to the hospital. Use your brains people

    • Kevin Anderson

      September 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Your white as we all can tell and obviously you dislike African Americans i guarentee you have no clue whats going on your just going off of what you heard

      • QU Student

        September 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

        Because I am against people being jumped on campus makes me a “White Person” what an ignorant and racist comment. And yes just because its against “white” people its still racist. As for the disliking african americans part, i’ll say youre and idiot and leave it at that. I have heard from individuals close to this situation exactly what happened and the public should have the right to know. Also, students charged with a crime are automatically suspended from school pending the outcome. Why is this situation diferent? Oh right, theyre athletes.

        • Brian

          September 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm

          Please use proper punctuation to avoid coming off as ignorant. Thank you.

          • LoL at You

            September 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm

            looks like QU student 2 was very close to perfect with their punctuation…?

            • Jacobb

              September 21, 2011 at 8:39 am

              Grammar wasn’t spot on, either.

      • letsberealnow

        September 21, 2011 at 2:54 am

        don’t know how you can tell that the commenter is white, and especially don’t see how you came up with the accusation that the commenter dislikes african americans. there is nothing obvious or obscure about race there

        i know qu isn’t a diverse school, its mostly whites and other races might feel out of place here. i’ve heard of and seen racism here and its a tragic fact. at the same time the fact that you right off the bat, without any particular reason, assume that the person is white and hates african americans made me sad

    • Phil Nobile

      September 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      The police report stated they were breaking up a fight, no one is trying to protect anyone.

    • Bonquisha Jones

      September 21, 2011 at 1:39 am

      you fool someone was trying to break up the fight when HE was punched in the face by the big basketball man. LEARN HOW TO READ YOU CRACKER!!

      • -_____-

        September 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm


  5. Qu Student

    September 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    If you wasnt there you cant say anything bad about this incident I know the basketball team personally and I know they didnt just start this for no reason there’s always two parts to the story and Quinnipiac security has yet to here the basketball team side.

    • LoL at You

      September 20, 2011 at 11:20 pm

      hahahaha! If you wasnt there!? for no reason!? don’t you mean any? Here!? don’t you mean HEAR!? wtf is this…

  6. Kevin Anderson

    September 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    This situation is serious but i feel that the whole campus or even people who does’t go to school needs to know what happened over the weekend everybody on campus know these boys and now they all are being looked at different. I know theres another side to this and until Quinnipiac security gets both sides of this incident this should’nt be spread throughout campus.

  7. QU Student 2

    September 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    JJ Fan are you kidding me?

    The real story is that they waited outside of the students building with the intention of jumping him. Anyone who enters campus with the intention of attacking a member of our community is a terrorist. Student affairs has already failed on this case, not surprisingly…I guess the immediate suspension section of the student handbook only applies to certain people.

    • -_____-

      September 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      TERRORIST? How about you leave our campus? What kind of language is that to use about your fellow STUDENTS?!

  8. JJ Fan

    September 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    QU Student 2

    Terrorist? Wow, this is not Sept. 11th so that word should never have been brought up. Be clear on who shouldn’t have been on campus because it sounds like you’re faulting the players for being on their own turf too

    • Steve P.

      September 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      JJ Fan, they don’t even live here. They live in a house off campus. Therefore they did enter for the sole purpose of attacking this poor, defenseless young man.

      • Mark

        September 21, 2011 at 11:03 am

        actually Bo is my suitemate at York Hill so you’re wrong…

      • -_____-

        September 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm

        Defenseless? He called for backup and his backup had brass knuckles! You call that defenseless??? Get your story together for real.

  9. Steve P.

    September 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Well if you were there, you would have been chased away by other members of the basketball since that’s what they did to all the witnesses. I was there. I watched from a distance, appalled and terrified that something like this could happen on MY campus.

    • Wow, You're sheltered

      September 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

      Something like this? Fights occur everywhere, and can happen between anyone. Where the hell are you from? Mr. Roger’s neighborhood? Stop being so melodramatic.

  10. QU Grad

    September 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    the kids both live on campus, dont lie do some research

    • Steve P.

      September 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      No they don’t, you do YOUR research. They don’t live on the Mt. Carmel campus, so you’re wrong QU Grad.

      • Bonquisha Jones

        September 21, 2011 at 1:47 am

        actually one of them lives off campus while the other DOES live on the mount carmel campus. get Your facts straight. How you gonna go in on someone and FAIL??? damn…..

  11. JJ Fan

    September 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I hope with all if these discrepancies, we get a chance to hear from the actual participants. And Steve P. this campus is not just for rich white folks, and druken and stupidness happens on every campus!

  12. Steve P.

    September 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    JJ Fan, are you a townie from Hamden? Do you know nothing that goes on here? It has nothing to do with who goes here. Drunken stupidness is one thing. Beating a kid until he can’t move and has to be rushed to the hospital is a totally different thing than a trip to Toads. Why are you so intent on defending people you don’t even know, especially when you didn’t witness what happened and don’t even go here?

  13. QU3

    September 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I think JJ needs a haircut.

    Thats all.

  14. hugo from hamden

    September 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    When james johnson punches you in the face you put it on your resume

  15. Student 4

    September 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Typical: alcohol + QU basketball does not always lead to violence. Please get your facts together before you make such bold statements. The matter is being dealt with, and that’s that. Whatever comes from it is between the two parties and doesn’t need to be discussed by everyone else. However everyone is entitled to their own opinions of these matters as they’re not posted all over the internet but rude, or very subjective comments can only be by those who were there at the time. This is a big blow to those basketball boys as well. Hopefully everything is worked out for both parties involved without making this a huge thing.

    • letsberealnow

      September 21, 2011 at 2:36 am

      well the matter is being dealt with by the university, which according to some of the accounts here, is giving preferential treatment to the players. if the basketball players did in fact attack the kids and/or are supposed to be suspended because of the charge but are not, then that is a very big deal and everyone should be concerned. even more so if the police has done any wrongdoing here with a false report. thats just facts. when there are accusations like this its not just between the two parties.

      plus i don’t care if your intentions were good in the beginning and you wanted to break up a fight, if you send someone to the hospital you’re no longer a peacemaker you obviously did something wrong. these kids are given tons of scholarship money (which is coming out of tuition dollars that students like myself are paying) for being on the qu team, i’m sure they’ve been told what the expectations are of their behavior. these guys are not kids, johnson is legally an adult, they made a bad decision and they should face the music; don’t baby them!

      • Jacobb

        September 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

        You probably weren’t around in ’06 when some basketball players urinated on a girl.

        What happened to them?

        Moved to a new dorm.

  16. Concerned Student

    September 20, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    The fact that people on campus were beat up enough to be sent to the emergency room and come out with stitches, and the people that did that to him, basketball team or not, are still on campus is completely ridiculous. Yes, the law was put into action, but where the hell are the other consequences?

  17. J

    September 21, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Student 4 “Hopefully everything is worked out for both parties involved without making this a huge thing.”

    I doubt “everything worked out” for the kid who got beat up. Froma ll accounts ive heard this “big blow to the basketball boys” was started by them…so lets not bo-hoo for them so fast…at least the ones who were involved.

  18. Disgusted Student

    September 21, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Well it looks like the NY post are getting their facts right
    “Local police said the 21-year-old Johnson of Queens and teammate Ike Azotam of Boston struck other students who were trying to break up the fight and at least two students, believed to be members of a fraternity”

    Read more:

    • Jacobb

      September 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

      How do you know their facts are right?

  19. QU Student 10.0...

    September 21, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Oh give me a break all of you! They are THUGS-the reason they are here is because they play basketball. You all live and retreat back to your white neighborhoods over vacation and summer break and the minute this breaks out around you look what happens! So gross and ashamed right now! Go walk around the ghettos in New Haven and realize that you go to school outside the most deadly city in the country. I don’t give a darn where these kids are from, they have officially brought this mess to our campus and we should DEMAND AN EXPLANATION FROM OUR FELLOW PEERS AND ADMINISTRATORS. God–go read the comments on the Register and see what people think about us…And congrats to these jerks, you have officially made it more difficult for every single African American student on campus–your parents will be so proud! They better get kicked out of this school! As a campus, QU needs to come together and resolve these issues peacefully, do some community service and really grow the hell up!

    • Wow, You're sheltered

      September 21, 2011 at 11:45 am

      “the most deadly city in the country”? Really? You are so misinformed it is actually laughable. Do research before you make asinine comments.

      • QU Student 10.0...

        September 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm

        Sorry doll face, you’re the ignorant one. Are you even from New Haven? Look around at all the senseless shootings. We’ve surpassed Detroit and our very own Hartford. You must not be from CT, or you would understand the validity behind my argument. Clearly, I said something that either offended you or scared you. My guess is scared, as you have to be a Toad’s place addict. To call me stupid is ironic, because guess what? It’s happening and slowly, and evidently, entering our community. Keep being sheltered to reality. The comments section isn’t the place….I’m done!

      • -_____-

        September 21, 2011 at 7:22 pm

        FYI: Neither one of these kids are from a “deadly city” or a “ghetto” so what is the relevancy of your argument?

        • QU Student 10.0...

          September 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm

          Really…the Bronx and inner city Boston? hmm…and even if it didn’t have as much relevancy as you’d assume, it depicts a much larger issue at hand…

  20. Lenny Neslin

    September 21, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I am the editor of the Chronicle. To avoid any confusion and to answer some of the earlier comments, we are currently investigating the altercation that took place this weekend and are doing our best to get both sides of the story. What is published above is all attributed to a police report. If you would like to come forth with any information you have, feel free to send in your tips to

    Thank you,

  21. anonymous

    September 21, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Why do i feel quinnipiac will let the basketball team get away with this one?

  22. dumbfight

    September 21, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I know one of the kids that was jumped by the basketball players, it was over a misunderstanding with one of the players girlfriends. And it is in no way a race issue considering that two of the kids that were attacked were African-American. And to say that it was in an attempt to break up a fight is total bullshit. One of the kids was attacked on Yorkhill campus on the way to the parking garage after being identified as the original kids fraternity “big”. It will be a very sad but not surprising if Quinnipiac lets this slide.

  23. YallDontHearMeTho

    September 21, 2011 at 11:53 am

    This school is trying to sugarcoat the story by saying that this clown Ike was trying to break up a fight? You people understand that breaking up a fight and then punching someone is the most contradictory thing you can do. Let’s be real, the school is trying to sugarcoat this and make it seem not nearly as bad as it was. The basketball team wen’t around punching random kids that weren’t even in a frat. Just because our BASKETBALL TEAM IS GARBAGE doesn’t give them the right to go around punching kids. Actually, I would go around punching random kids too if I was a benchwarmer for a horrible D1 basketball team. And we had to bail these clowns out for a total of 10 grand? I wonder who gave the funds to bail them out…

    • Qu Student

      September 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      they probably used your money to bail him out, your the clown

  24. anonymous

    September 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    how are they still on campus?

  25. We did it!

    September 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    • Jacobb

      September 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm


  26. Shadaldire

    September 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Great – so proud to be an alumn. I remember as a sophomore about 6 years ago getting written up and getting in trouble. But the bball team could get away with anything. Great job recruiting low-life’s from the ghetto that give the school a horrible name in major papers today!!

    • Qu Student

      September 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm


    • -_____-

      September 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      So because someone is from lower socioeconomic background they are low lifes? INTERESTING because one of the players went to a PRIVATE PREP SCHOOL prior to coming to QU. Find ghetto in that. Dumbass.

      • shadaldire

        September 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

        Ha! – probably recruited to play ball there as well.

    • Let's Be Serious

      September 21, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      “low lifes from the ghetto”? That wasn’t even necessary. I HIGHLY doubt you know anything about them to be making such claims. Please Mr or Ms QU Alum use your degree and act like you learned something worthwhile at this school. It doesn’t matter what frat or what team anyone is from because at the end of the day both parties were wrong.

      • Qu Student

        September 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

        once again, no one who got injured was from a frat… just innocent bystanderds…

  27. observer

    September 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Why does nobody talk about why the fight happened in the 1st place. The frat had to of done something also to cause this to happen. It sounds to me like it was a fair fight and the winning side is getting punished

    • Qu Student

      September 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      You understand that out of like 5 kids beat up… not one was a frat member? so stop protecting these kids

  28. QU Grad

    September 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I heard the night before the actual fight the frat boys tried to fight one of the ball player while they was with all there friends and it was just one basketball player so i would feel some type of way to.

  29. Hey QU

    September 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I guess no one’s gonna mention that the frat guys threatened members of the team last week. They got what was coming to them

  30. sucks

    September 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm


  31. disgusted student

    September 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    To call someone a “thug” without knoiwng them is heinous! Thats racial profiling. It amazes me that we are still at this point in today’s society. No matter how you try to disguise it you are judging someone solely on the color of their skin. I have seen plenty of Caucasian student drunk and starting fights on the shuttles, outside of toads or at the shuttle stop. Does anyone stop to call them thugs? No, absolutely not. People wonder why this school pushes diversity so hard? Its because people like this have no idea what they are talking about. Think before you open your mouth. Whether they are atheletes or not, there were two parties in this fight and both should be punished equally.

    • QU Student 10.0...

      September 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Give me a break…I’d call any friggin kid a thug if they were doing that–even if they were purple. Clearly you read once sentence and focused on something you didn’t like…they just made it that much harder for this campus to finally accept and embrace diversity. Kudos to YOU my friend for profiling…

  32. Enjoying the CommentS

    September 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Well there are a couple of young men that didn’t get much out of QU101!!!!

  33. Enjoying the CommentS

    September 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Well… there are a couple of young men that didn’t get much out of QU101!!!!

  34. SMH

    September 22, 2011 at 1:29 am

    It’s crazy how people can make accusations and assumptions based off of “rumors”…The same players whom Everyone shows “love and support” too when seen around campus and at games are now “thugs and criminals”, when neither have any criminal record of any sort smh…The funny thing is that once this gets cleared and the truth is revealed everybody that’s talking negative will be the same “fans and supporters” at the games with the “I Love Bo/Ike” posters shaking their hands after the games…The good thing about being an athlete is that you learn how to bounce back and adapt to adversity in all forms…On that note, any and everybody riding the ignorant bandwagon can SD.

  35. izz

    September 22, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Honestly, all these comments disgust me. First of all, If you don’t know what happened keep your mouth shut because you only making the situation worse for others. Second, Ike didn’t touch anyone and Bo was only defending himself. Third, just because someone gets in a little fight does not make them a “thug”. Are you kidding me! Go live in Bridgeport for a week and then come talk to me about “thugs”. If your scared of Ike and Bo then you must not know what goes on in the world and you must be a sheltered individual. If this situation involved any other students then this situation would not even be heard of and everybody would be minding there own. Not only that, but there was another fight the same day. Does anyone know about that? Nope. Does anyone know about the boy who was arrested for possession of weed? Nope. I don’t even have time for this stupid school article that clearly needs to do more research before publishing bullshit.

    • shadaldire

      September 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      I personally don’t care about what happened in the slightest. I care that this made all the major northeast papers and the story reads as if QU recruits from the ghetto and this is the result. Terrible choices by both the school and the players.

      • Lenny Neslin

        September 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm

        I’m confused. Terrible choices by the school? Do you think the school published this story?

        • shadaldire

          September 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm

          Terrible choice in their recruitment decisions…

  36. Honestlyguys

    September 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    All you ignorant people disgust me more than you did when i first came to this school. Its bad enough all you stuck up white kids get everything handed to you, these basketball players actually worked hard to get here, so just because they were raised to finish a situation that was started out of pure disrespect doesnt make them “thugs” or “terrorist.” Everyone needs to stop talking shit if they dont know the ENTIRE story, REAL STORY. Theres two sides to a story so just because you hear it from a little frat boy doesnt make it right. For all I care all you haters of the basketball team and “TKE” can jump off a cliff. This is just another situation where someone gets what they deserve, not saying innocent bystanders deserved to get hit, but fights happend people who arent intended to get hit usually do so get over it. I hope smooth recoveries for all those hurt in the madness, but everyone keep thier mouths shut-because thats what started this whole thing anyways. Go home and do your homework- because this situation doesnt concern you or your ignorant input.

    • Just Stop!

      September 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      You say “honestly guys” but youre just as bad as everyone else. You act like everyone at Quinnipiac hates black people and are using this event to attack you. THATS NOT TRUE! You talk down to us saying we’re “stuck up white kids”. just because we called them “thugs”. Their skin color has nothing to do with them being “thugs”. Attacking other students makes you one. This school couldnt give two shits less if they we’re Blue, Brown, Yellow, Green or White. Yes, even white. If you attack other students and send them to the hosiptal after throwing them down the stairs and giving them 17 stitches. You ARE a thug. So stop attacking all the “spoiled white kids” because students at this school dont appreciate the violence. Their skin color or the sport they play does not concern us. If the hockey team or lax or anyone did this it is UNACCEPTABLE. They represent our school as D1 athletes and as such have now shamed our school on a national level. So everyone remember, Your skin color or race or religion does not matter to the Quinnipiac student body. But if you do something like this it will not be accepted whoever you may be.

  37. to the honestly guy

    September 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    First off don’t say “tke” because the kids that were hit were not in any fraternity organization so obviously they just wanted to hit someone to get their anger out.

  38. qu grad 2

    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    ^^ this coming from the man/woman who had good points throughout, but yet couldn’t stop yourself from inserting something about another race into it. Makes your input a little ignorant.

    • Honestlyguys

      September 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      its not ignorant if its true.

  39. stuck up white kids?

    September 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Wow that’s not offensive at all? “Stuck up white kids”. So I’m assuming you have a problem with kids that have a lot of money. You picked the wrong school to attend!

  40. A person who "knows." A person who was there.

    September 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    This whole comment thread is ridiculous.

    Members of the Men’s basketball team assaulted innocent students who had nothing to do with their “motive,” but simply, just knew the guy they were after.

    Innocent students minding their own business took the hit for someone who might have deserved it.

    This wasn’t a “fight.”

    It was planned attack, just on the wrong group.

    This was clearly an assault.

    Stop believing the hype.

  41. I.J.B.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Let’s face it, there are so many accounts of what happened, the general public will never know the truth. Hell, I think the parties involved don’t even have their stories straight. The Q.U. Student Body is really taking this too far. As an African-American, I see NOTHING wrong with what was written. It’s the reporter’s job to report both the good and the bad, so get over it. I never did and never will see this as a race issue because this time, it’s not. AND from a real world perspective, what do you care about more, some random Joe getting into an altercation or a high-profile celebrity/athlete? Don’t think too hard now. These guys are athletes! They know they’re being watched; people actually admire them. Let’s face it, they messed up and now, they’ve got to own it. If they can’t handle the scrutiny now, they have no chance of making it past college b-ball. My opinion of them has not changed for now…

    • Just Stop!

      September 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

      THANK YOU! Finally someone understands!

  42. Wait a second

    September 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    “Ike Azotam, 20, allegedly struck another student in an attempt to break up a fight, according to the report.”

    This is implying that Azotam hit someone to stop the fight. However, he actually hit another student who was trying to break up the fight.

  43. Wait a second

    September 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    “Ike Azotam, 20, allegedly struck another student in an attempt to break up a fight, according to the report.”

    This implies that Azotam hit someone in order to stop the fight. However, he hit another student who was attempting to break up the fight.