Posted by Tom Fornelli
This is likely going to be one of the strangest stories you hear involving a college football player this year. Army cornerback Richard King found himself in an altercation with singer Patti LaBelle's bodyguards at an airport in Houston, and wound up with a concussion. A scary situation for King, as he missed his entire junior season after suffering multiple concussions during his sophomore year.
Making matters worse for King, the punishment he has received from West Point for the incident is a year suspension from the football team, which ends his football career. Though that's not nearly as bad as the fact he's also being sent into active duty.
Here's the details of the story from HudsonValley.com:
King, who was home from spring break, filed a lawsuit this week, suing LaBelle, saying she ordered her bodyguards to beat him up as he waited for a ride home outside a terminal at Bush Intercontinental Airport. The lawsuit, which was obtained by the Associated Press, says LaBelle believed King was standing too close to her “(no doubt expensive) luggage, even though he was oblivious to her presence and the danger he was in.”
Check out the surveilliance video and be the judge. King is shown being pummeled by three bodyguards. It appears some pushing was involved before the altercation.
LaBelle’s limousine driver told Houston police King hit him after he asked King to back away from the limo that LaBelle was in. The driver and a bodyguard told police King appeared to be intoxicated. One of King’s lawyers admits King had a few drinks but denied he was intoxicated.
King answered, “No,” when he was asked by an ABC News reporter if he was drunk.
Here is the surveillance video mentioned in the article. The altercation begins around the 1:30 mark and takes place at the bottom of the video.
As you can clearly tell in the video, King did not appear to be okay after trying to get up after being knocked into a concrete pillar. Obviously, without audio, we can't really be clear what was going on in the video, though at the time the pushing and shoving started it looks like King is just talking on his cell phone. I know I didn't see the alleged punch King threw at the limo driver.
Still, you have to think that there was something more to this story than we saw or is being reported. After all, the Army has decided to punish King -- who it's said has suffered upwards of ten concussions -- into active duty. That would seem to be a rather harsh punishment for somebody who got beat up by three bodyguards.
Hat tip: CFT