University of Iowa heavyweight wrestler Sam Stoll is being charged with “False Report to Public Entity” after being accused of lying to law enforcement about his June 19 gunshot wound.
Officers responded to UI Hospitals and Clinics at 4:37 a.m. on June 19 to a report of a gunshot victim, and a preliminary investigation revealed several people were at a home on Valley Avenue when someone discharged a firearm. The discharge “accidentally” hit Stoll in the knee, according to a UI police news release.
According to a news release, a criminal complaint was filed against Stoll on Friday by police and no further charges are expected to filed.
Stoll had initially told police that he had shot himself in the knee, but later said he lied to protect the friend who had fired the shot, according to a police complaint from the Iowa City Police Department.
The complaint also states that Stoll lied about where the shooting took place; he initially stated that it had happened in his garage, but later redacted his statement and told police that he was shot while playing a prank on a friend at that friend’s Iowa City home.
Stoll is being charged with “false report to public entity,” which is a simple misdemeanor charge.
Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands released a statement Friday.
“As I shared previously, Sam Stoll’s health was our number one concern and he is doing well,” Brands said. “I am disappointed in his actions related to this incident, as they do not reflect our values. Regarding discipline, we will follow all university and athletics department code of conduct policies.”
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Stoll was 25-6 as a junior last season, finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships to earn All-American honors.