Former University of Montana football player charged alleged assault

WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. - 22-year-old Justin Strong, an NFL hopeful and former University of Montana football player, has been charged for allegedly severely beating a Washington State University track and field thrower, Bradley "Wyatt" Meyring. 

The incident occurred on Pullman's College Hill during the early morning hours of Saturday, October 21. Strong told police he was assaulted by Meyring while trying to break up a fight at a house party. He told officers they had a second confrontation outside when Strong said Meyring balled his fists. Strong told police he acted in self defense, allegedly admitting he struck Meyring and knocked him to the ground, hitting him again when he tried to get up.

Witnesses told police they saw three men chase down Meyring on Stadium Way and attack him even after he reportedly put his hands up, signaling he did not want to fight. 

Meyring suffered a skull fracture and was flown to the hospital in Spokane.

Strong was the only suspect identified and has been charged with a felony in Whitman County superior court.