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Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Cowbell assault suit seeks to include Miss. St.

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

This much we knew already: Mississippi State is going to pay out some level of fine to the SEC this offseason for its cowbell addiction, for its shocking, shocking inability (or, more accurately, "completely expected" inability) to prevent its fans from ringing their bells at inappropriate moments during league games in Starkville.

But an altercation between two State students at the 2009 Egg Bowl could make those cowbells an even more expensive habit for the university, thanks to a lawsuit already pending against Mike Slive and the SEC that could now expand to include MSU:
Doug Foster , attorney for William Matthew Brasher , has filed a motion in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court requesting that MSU and president Mark Keenum be added to the suit.

Brasher alleges he was assaulted by Brent Vowell during MSU's football game against the University of Mississippi on Nov. 28, 2009. He already was seeking unspecified damages from the SEC and commissioner Mike Slive because the league had a "knowing refusal," the suit says, to enforce its own rule on artificial noisemakers.

MSU was sent a claim by Brasher's attorneys on Nov. 16. It said Brasher is "willing to resolve his claim for damages" of $10 million.

Stunningly, there has no been indication on State's part that it is willing to offer Brasher $10 million -- once again, the sum of 10 million American dollars in a case in which one man allegedly knocked another man unconscious with a cowbell -- in order to close the suit.

Whether or not the court could wind up ordering State, or the SEC, or Slive to pay some smaller sum to Brasher is not something we're lawyer enough to take a guess at. But this much we know: if they do, State may have wished they'd gone for, say, tambourines instead.

Posted on: December 3, 2010 1:15 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 1:19 pm
 

Slive, SEC sued by alleged cowbell assault victim

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The SEC has probably had a lot of things in mind when it decided to allow cowbells into Mississippi State' s Davis-Wade Stadium (and, before this season, to mostly look the other way when it came to cowbell enforcement): allowing the Bulldogs to hold on to a long-held tradition that is specifically theirs; creating a unique atmosphere both for the fans in attendance and TV microphones; throwing a member school a bone in the interest of keeping all their proverbial ducks in a row.

Not on the list: getting your commissioner sued when a State fan uses a cowbell to knock another fan unconscious. But hey, turns out that's where we are :
The suit, filed late last month in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court, seeks unspecified damages from the SEC and commissioner Mike Slive because it says the league had a “knowing refusal” to enforce its own rule on artificial noisemakers that dated to 1974.

In the suit, William Matthew Brasher alleges that Brent Vowell knocked him unconscious with the bell [at the annual Ole Miss- Miss. St. Egg Bowl ], causing a four-inch laceration that required staples and resulted in “a concussion, memory loss, mental and emotional distress and anguish, depression, paranoia, anxiety, loss of enjoyment of life and inability to pursue prior educational and professional goals,” according to the complaint ...

“If the SEC had taken the steps necessary to enforce its rule prohibiting artificial noisemakers, including cowbells, Mr. Brasher would not have been attacked with a cowbell," the complaint reads.
Maybe. But this is an SEC stadium the day of a heated in-state rivalry game. If it hadn't been a cowbell, it would have been a flask or a stadium seat or, if you're in a luxury suite, a nice chair or even a buffet table.

Which is why until the SEC successfully bans "rage" from their stadiums, the lawsuit's not going to have much impact in the future of the State cowbells. But we still wouldn't expect to see Slive ringing one himself anytime soon.

HT: The Wiz .
 
 
 
 
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