A former Detroit high school football player is facing serious legal problems for the third time in less than a year.

Prep Player Assault

Jayru Campbell stands with his attorney Walter Pookrum, during his arraignment at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Campbell, a 17-year-old Detroit prep football star, is accused of assaulting a female student after he was released from jail for body-slamming a security officer in his school is due back in court later this month. Campbell made a brief court appearance Tuesday morning on a probation violation case. A not guilty plea was entered. The judge set a hearing Sept. 26. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)

Jayru Campbell, a former quarterback at Detroit’s Cass Technical High School, was arrested Sept. 12 for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend hours after his release from jail on earlier charges, according to Detroit Fox affiliate WJBK.

Campbell’s legal troubles began in November when he punched an opposing player amid a handshake line after his team lost in the state high school playoffs. Two months later, a cell phone video surfaced of the then-Michigan State recruit body slamming a security guard at the school, an act which earned Campbell a 60-day jail sentence this summer, according to NBC affiliate WDIV.

Shortly after his release, Campbell was re-arrested Sept. 12 for an alleged altercation with his girlfriend that day, and charged with assault, unarmed robbery, and domestic violence assault and battery, the television station reported.

Meanwhile, police are investigating Campbell’s connection to an Aug. 31 incident which occurred during his prison stint. According to police, Campbell and other inmates allegedly assaulted a fellow inmate.

“He had a chance to walk away without a record as long as he kept himself clean and didn’t do anything wrong, didn’t violate any laws,” legal expert Todd Flood told WDIV.  “Unfortunately for him, due to his anger issues, his turning his nose to the court system and not heeding the advice of the judge and his own attorney, he’s now going to have a criminal history.  He’s now, realistically, going to be facing a world of hurt and potentially he is going to prison.”


Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer