27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0">Three Colorado State football players, Mike Orakpo, Nordly Capi, and Colton Paulhaus, are currently suspended indefinitely as police investigate an alleged beating incident from over the weekend. The victims in the incident, four Colorado State freshmen, sustained injuries including “black eyes that were almost swollen shut, cuts, bruises, chipped teeth and a shoeprint stamped on the back of the most severely beaten victim.”
The fact that the situation resulted in injuries like that is bad enough, but what’s even worse is how the situation didn’t even seem to have a specific spark. According to witnesses, the SUV the players were in drove by the victims – while the vehicle’s passengers shouted homophobic taunts at them. One of the victims, Donny Gocha, shouted that same homophobic taunt back. After that, the vehicle’s occupants got out and started beating Gocha, and the three others suffered their injuries when they came to Gocha’s aid.
Obviously this sounds terrible no matter how it came about, but why did it even start? The only thing that would even somewhat explain it is that apparently the incident occurred “after police had broken up a large party in the area.” Maybe there was trouble between them at the party?
Ultimately, though, that’s beside the point. Whether or not anything that happened prior caused it, this incident got way, way out of hand, and as you can see in the screengrab above, some kids got pretty badly hurt as a result. If the ongoing investigation confirms what witnesses said about the alleged beating (and the fact that one Colorado State player was on Facebook apologizing for his teammates’ actions makes it seem likely they will), it’s hard to imagine the suspended players staying on the team. Not exactly how new Colorado state coach Jim McElwain envisioned ringing in his first season.
http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20...text|FRONTPAGECoach Jim McElwain said Monday he believed it was necessary to take immediate action against the CSU football players linked to a weekend "beating" incident but that any additional disciplinary measures will not be taken until police complete their investigation.
McElwain suspended linebacker Mike Orakpo and defensive ends Nordly Capi and Colton Paulhaus indefinitely Saturday, soon after learning of their reported involvement in the beating of four Colorado State University freshmen students.
"Know this, that the harshest form that we could do is to indefinitely suspend until all the facts are out there," McElwain told reporters at a news conference just before putting his team through a practice. "... This is unacceptable in this program, it's unacceptable to this university, and until we get all the facts, we're totally cooperating in every way, shape or form that we can, so we get what really is out."
McElwain, speaking to a smaller group of reporters after practice, wouldn't answer a question about whether or not other players on his team were involved in what Fort Collins police are calling "a disturbance that occurred at approximately 11:45 p.m." Friday "near the intersection of LaPorte Avenue and Shields Street."
Four male CSU freshmen, who identified themselves to the Coloradoan on Sunday to discuss the incident, were injured and taken by ambulance to Poudre Valley Hospital. Their injuries included black eyes that were almost swollen shut, cuts, bruises, chipped teeth and a shoeprint stamped on the back of the most severely beaten victim.
"It wasn't much of a fight, it was basically just a beating," John "J.D" Haley said. "I've never seen anyone so mad, so violent. The kid was on a rampage."
I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.
Were the other students engineers?
The Stranger: Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes, well, he eats you.
The Big Lebowski
"The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed."
I like how the article suggests the party is what lead to this... Not just thugs being thugs.
Unusual that the media didn't let us know the race of everyone involved just as an fyi