Winthrop Baseball

Winthrop baseball player accused of assaulting roommate

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 23, 2013 

Michael Gilroy

A Winthrop baseball player has been suspended indefinitely after police say he assaulted his roommate during an argument, sending the 20-year-old student to the hospital with a concussion and “offset” teeth Sunday.

Michael Thomas Gilroy, 20, a sophomore pitcher who studies sports management , spent the night in the Rock Hill jail before he was released Monday morning on a more than $1,000 bond. He was charged with third-degree assault and battery.

According to a Winthrop Police report, the victim, also a sports management student, returned from a trip out of town to find his white dress shirt on a chair with a stain on it from a “condiment” in the on-campus apartment he shares with Gilroy, a Columbia native, and a third student, also 20.

The victim said he got upset with his roommates for not cleaning the shirt, and became more upset when he found that his Playstation 3 game system had been removed from his room while he was out of town, the report states.

He confronted his roommates, according to the report, leading to a heated argument. While arguing, Gilroy is accused of getting off the couch and punching the victim in the face.

The student said Gilroy punched him a second time before he left the room, the report states. Police were called and noticed blood on Gilroy’s left knuckles. EMS took the victim to Piedmont Medical Center, where he was treated for a concussion, “offset teeth” and bruising.

Gilroy confirmed the victim’s accounts of the argument, but said the victim lifted up a chair and slammed it to the ground, the report states. Gilroy told police the victim pulled his fist back to punch him, so he punched the victim first in self-defense.

While speaking with officers, Gilroy turned to his other roommate and asked, “That was self-defense, right?”

Officers spoke with the third roommate, who said the victim didn’t try to hit Gilroy and only Gilroy threw punches, the report states.

The victim decided to stay off-campus until alternative living arrangements could be made. Gilroy will be referred to the university’s judiciary committee

During his freshman year at Winthrop, Gilroy played in 17 games, had a 1-2 record with a 6.20 ERA.

Gilroy, who attended the university on scholarship, had been on a “medical hardship” leave from the team after undergoing a surgery, said Eagles baseball coach Tom Riginos.

Officials decided to suspend Gilroy on Monday.

“We do have team policies; Michael has broken a team policy and that’s why he’s been indefinitely suspended from the team,” Riginos said.

Jonathan McFadden •  803-329-4082

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