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Report: Nkemdiche brothers file counter-claim in assault lawsuit

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

The Nkemdiche brothers (pictured above on Signing Day in 2013) have responded to a lawsuit with their own legal action.  (USATSI)
The Nkemdiche brothers have responded to a lawsuit with their own legal action. (USATSI)

Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche have responded to a man suing the Ole Miss football players with a lawsuit of their own.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, the Nkemdiche brothers have denied all allegations made against them in a $2 million civil suit and filed a counter-claim against Matthew Baird seeking an unspecified amount in damages for "untrue and false statements."

In his original suit, filed Feb. 14, Matthew Baird alleged that Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche were among a group of Ole Miss football players who kicked and punched him outside a fraternity party in February 2013.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, the Nkemdiches addressed Baird's suit paragraph-by-paragraph in their counter-claim.

In separate documents that mirror each other, the Nkemdiches' response reads: "Nkemdiche would state and show that he suffered and sustained harm, injuries, damages, and/or losses as a result of the false and defamatory statements made by plaintiff/counter-defendant Matthew Baird and that, therefore, Nkemdiche is entitled to a judgement against (Baird) for compensatory damages in an amount to be determined by the jury." The two are also seeking court costs and attorney fees.

The Nkemdiches, in a paragraph-by-paragraph answer to Baird's suit, admitted only to being students at Ole Miss and from Loganville, Ga. Every other claim was met with a denial and demand for “strict proof."

Shortly after Baird's suit was filed, the university was quick to support the Nkemdiche brothers. Denzel Nkemdiche has been suspended the 2014 opener against Boise State as a result of an arrest last month for disorderly conduct, but Robert remains in good standing with the football program.

"When this alleged incident occurred, the proper authorities investigated the matter and could find no evidence of wrong-doing related to Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche or any other members of our football program," Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said. "This is a personal matter for them and we will support Denzel and Robert while they defend themselves in this civil case."

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