Former Boston University player John Sabo was acquitted by a jury of assault charges stemming from a fight outside of a bar in Allston, Mass. in the fall of 2002 during Sabo’s senior year with the Terriers.
Sabo, an assistant captain for the Terriers last season, was found innocent of assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a shod foot) on Nov. 19 in West Roxbury (Mass.) District Court.
Sabo had been accused of assault on a fellow BU student, Christopher Boccuzzi, during an altercation outside the bar, The Avenue, on Commonwealth Ave. on Sept. 22, 2002.
Boccuzzi suffered a broken jaw and broken orbital bones around his eyes, injuries which nearly left him blind and resulted in multiple surgeries.
According to the Boston Herald, the defense argued that a chaotic brawl on a dark street after a night of drinking made it difficult for witnesses to positively identify who was responsible for the injuries to Boccuzzi.
Sabo had pressed similar charges against Boccuzzi, but they were thrown out in a separate hearing when a court clerk found no probable cause.