No, seriously, that’s what’s (apparently) going down.
In one of the more bizarre stories involving a college football player you’ll ever hear, Army cornerback Richard King has been suspended by the West Point school for one year following an incident at a Houston airport involving R&B singer Patti LaBelle and her bodyguards.
And, not only has he been suspended for a year, his sanctions also include being sent into active duty.
(Kinda makes running steps in a stadium seem trite, doesn’t it?)
King suffered a concussion — he’s reportedly had nearly 10 of those types of head injuries — during the March 11 altercation and has filed a lawsuit against LaBelle. Because of the injuries suffered during the incident, King has been told by doctors that he’ll never play football again.
Here are the pertinent details as relayed by 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.”
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.
And here is the video clip mentioned by the paper. The real drama begins right around the 1:30 mark and is at the bottom of the screen:
As noted by HudsonValley.com, there had to have been more to this situation — or other situations were involved — than just what’s been reported for the Army to send a concussed cadet into active duty as punishment.
King had been held out of spring practice as a precaution against the concussion, but his football career appears to be over, whether it be due to the multiple head injuries or the disciplinary action taken by the military school. And, as an aside, what the hell was a football player who’s suffered in the neighborhood of 10 concussions going to be doing on a football field anyway?
Be that as it may, King started nine games as a sophomore in 2010 and was expected to man one of the corner spots in 2011 until the incident/injury derailed those plans.