Pitt suspends former Kent Roosevelt QB Tra'Von Chapman indefinitely

By Dave O'Brien and Colin Harris | Staff Writers Published:

Former Kent Roosevelt football standout quarterback Tra’Von D. Chapman has been suspended indefinitely from the University of Pittsburgh football team, according to head coach Paul Chryst on Tuesday.

The suspension results from Chapman being charged with a pair of misdemeanors by the Kent Police Department following an incident that took place at his home on Friday.

Chapman, 18, of 290 Spaulding Drive, was charged Monday with one count each of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and unlawful restraint, a third-degree misdemeanor. 

Chapman allegedly assaulted a woman at his residence on Friday, April 26. According to a criminal complaint filed in Portage County Municipal Court by Kent police, Chapman “pulled the hair of (the alleged victim) and grabbed her around the neck, leaving marks.” He also allegedly prevented her from leaving the scene of the alleged assault, according to Kent police. 

A message seeking additional comment was left for Kent police on Tuesday. 

Chapman pleaded not guilty to both charges at his arraignment in the municipal court’s Kent division on Tuesday. His father, Thad Jemison, posted $1,150 bond following Chapman’s arraignment and he was released. A condition of his bond is that he have no contact with the alleged victim. 

Chapman (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) was named the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division Player of the Year in 2012. He finished the season with 2,469 yards passing and 30 touchdowns. He threw just seven interceptions, with six of those coming in the season’s first four weeks.

Chapman, who led Roosevelt to a 9-1 overall record, unbeaten 7-0 mark in the Metro Division and berth into the playoffs, was also the team’s leading rusher with 690 yards and 10 scores on the ground. The signal-caller’s two-year totals with the Rough Riders were 4,681 yards passing, 56 passing TDs, 11 interceptions and 1,435 yards rushing.

He committed to the University of Pittsburgh before the start of the 2012 season.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on May 28 in Judge Barbara Oswick’s courtroom in Kent.

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  • Talk about a arrogant person. I've spoken to Kent alumni who tried to approach him after games for a handshake and Mr.Football would just simply blow them off. He has all the skills to get to the next level and compete. Too bad he lacks class and has a 10 cent mind to go with. I'm gonna blame for media for putting these kids on pedestals and allowing these kids to get overblown egos. Chapman is a grade A jerk.plain and simple. I'm glad my son carries himself with class on and off the football. Too bad he wasn't taught how to treat women respectively.

  • How unfortunate for Chapman to get in trouble at this time! Three Pitt players made the news following a drug raid at their house after a dealer sold stamp bags of heroin to an undercover cop. They were only charged with possession of paraphernalia but it still caused great embarrassment for the Pitt football program. As a result, two of the players have been removed from the team and one was suspended. Three years ago, Mike Heywood was hired as Pitt's football coach. Within two weeks, he was fired for a domestic violence charge at his home in Ohio. The Rivals Pitt football board contains comments from alums and students who sign up for the board. Most comments regarding all 4 players, including Chapman, have been negative. Some argue that since Pitt fired a coach not long ago for domestic violence, the school should drop Chapman from its program. He has been suspended indefinitely but the timing for alleged misconduct could not be worse for this promising young quarterback.