Three Oregon State football players arrested after incident at Corvallis bar

2012-12-08T15:25:00Z 2012-12-12T10:25:05Z Three Oregon State football players arrested after incident at Corvallis barBy THERESA NOVAK, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

Three Oregon State football players could spend the weekend in jail after their arrest early Saturday following a brawl with two men at a downtown Corvallis night spot.

According to Lt. Cord Wood of the Corvallis Police Department, the arrests occurred at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday after a fight inside the restroom of the Impulse Bar and Grill at 1425 N.W. Monroe Ave.

Rudolf Fifita, 26, a senior defensive end; Mana Rosa, 21, a junior defensive tackle and Dyllon Kalana Mafi, 20, all were arrested and booked into jail on felony charges of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct, police said. Mafi also was charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol and “misrepresenting age by a minor,” for using someone else’s ID to buy alcohol.

Fifita was at the Linn County jail on $157,500 bail, Mafi and Rosa were at the Benton County jail, with Mafi’s bail at $161,000 and Rosa’s at $157,500.

Wood said that Fifita and a man he referred to as “victim 1” got into a heated exchange of words. A friend of “victim 1” got between him and Fifita seemed to cool things down. However, as the men were leaving, Wood said that Fifita threw a punch, striking “victim 1.” At that point, Rosa and Mafi reportedly joined in, and the man who had tried to intervene — as well as “victim 1” — ended up getting punched “multiple times,” Wood said.

“When the bouncer from Impulse showed up, the three suspects fled,” he said. Police arrived, and the players were identified and arrested a short distance away.

Wood did not release the names of the other men involved in the fight, nor their ages or hometowns. He said that reports still were being prepared, and no information was available on the condition of the others involved or what kind of comments were exchanged before the fight.

The three football players likely will be arraigned in Benton County Circuit Court at 1:20 p.m. Monday and might spend the weekend in jail, Wood said Saturday afternoon.

Out of the three players arrested, Fifita saw the most action this season, playing in all 12 games and compiling 25 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks. Rosa also played in 12 games while Mafi saw action in two.

The Beavers will take part in the Alamo Bowl against Texas on Dec. 29 in San Antonio. There is no word on the players’ status for the bowl game.

Coach Mike Riley was out of town and unavailable for comment, but is expected to discuss the matter when practice resumes on Monday.

Theresa Novak is the city editor and opinion page editor at the Corvallis Gazette-Times. She can be reached at theresa.novak@lee.net or 541-758-9527.

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(6) Comments

  1. BeavFan
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    BeavFan - December 10, 2012 5:55 pm
    They all sucked anyway. Not like the team will miss these clowns.

    Fifita esp. what a loser.


  2. hilldudley
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    hilldudley - December 10, 2012 5:23 pm
    lets hope money doesnt trump justice. we dont need players like this to represent OSU
  3. Mark Scharff
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    Mark Scharff - December 10, 2012 3:21 pm
    I am fairly certain of what one of Mike Riley's high school coaches would have done; suspend and or expel. Violence has no place in our society, it has to stop.
  4. bdbarrett
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    bdbarrett - December 09, 2012 8:22 am
    What does this say about OSU football players! Don't they get it! They are old enough to know better! They do not deserve to go to the bowl game. Send them packing for home...not Texas!
  5. GeeWiz
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    GeeWiz - December 09, 2012 5:08 am
    http://www.justmugshots.com/oregon/benton-county/8092294
  6. WAStateBeaver
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    WAStateBeaver - December 08, 2012 11:05 pm
    Wow! What good is a great season if players treat it this way!! I suspect no bowl game for these guys. Do they ever know how it hurts the team and the fans!!
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