Central Connecticut State star Kyle Vinales arrested after allegedly hitting girlfriend


Central Connecticut State senior guard Kyle Vinales was arrested and charged with one count of third-degree assault and one count of disorderly conduct after an alleged altercation with his girlfriend last Friday.

According to a story from Matt Straub of The New Britain Herald, the police report states that the woman is accusing Vinales of striking her in the head before exiting her car shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Friday night.

A team spokesman told Straub, “Kyle is not currently participating in men’s basketball activities,” and Vinales’ long-term status with the team is unknown.

Vinales was released without bail on a promise to appear in court on Dec. 5.

According to the police report, the woman told police Vinales “punched her on the forehead” and “put his hand on her forehead and squeezed hard causing her pain.”

Police were previously called to deal with a verbal altercation between the duo on Sept. 6, although no arrests were made.

This is certainly not good news for Vinales or Central Connecticut State, as the two-time All-NEC guard is one of the best players in the league. The 6-foot-1 guard has been a prolific scorer his first three years of college and his scoring average of 17.3 points per game during his junior season was actually a career low.

Vinales was picked to the preseason All-NEC team, and if he plays the full season, is on pace to break the Blue Devils’ career scoring mark that is currently held by Ken Horton.

With Vinales returning along with fellow seniors Malcolm McMillan and Faronte Drakeford, Central Connecticut State is expected to compete for the NEC title this year as all three players averaged double-figures in scoring last season.