Saturday, November 16, 2013

Conference title game cancelled after quarterback is beaten by players from opposing team at banquet


The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAA) football championship scheduled for Saturday was cancelled Friday night after Winston-Salem State quarterback Rudy Johnson was reportedly attacked and beaten from players on the opposing team.

The incident took place at a celebratory banquet Friday, where Johnson was seriously injured by a group of Virginia State football players in a bathroom of the WSSu campus building, while the banquet was taking place. Johnson reportedly sustained multiple injuries to the head and face, including a laceration and a swollen eye.

An arrest warrant has revealed that Lamont Britt, a Virginia State sophomore running back, was charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury, and is currently being held in Forsyth County (N.C.) Jail with a bond set at $7,500.

Here is the statement Winstom-Salem State released late Friday:

"I am saddened to report that at today's CIAA pre-championship game luncheon held at the Anderson Center of the WSSU campus that our starting quarterback, Rudy Johnson, was viciously beaten by one or more members of the Virginia State football team.

"There is no excuse for the behavior of the Virginia State players. One suspect has admitted to his role in the attack and has been arrest on criminal assault charges. The University Police Department is attempting to identify the other VSU players who were involved. Today's event was supposed to be a celebration for both teams and for all the players who were being recognized for an outstanding season. The actions from the Virginia State players certainly changed the outcome for everyone."

Johnson has been treated and released at a nearby hosptial.

An investigation is still ongoing.

Via USA TODAY

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