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Punishment stands for Army CB involved in beat down by Patti LaBelle’s bodyguards

Richard King

Since so many of you seemed to be interested in/disgusted by the story of an Army football player who was involved in what appeared to be a one-sided altercation with Patti LaBelle‘s bodyguards, we figured we’d bring you a little bit of an update.

In a statement released by the service academy, West Point reaffirmed its punishment of King in the wake of the March incident at George Bush International Airport in Houston and will not reinstate the cadet at this point in time.

“The U.S. Military Academy completed a thorough investigation regarding the incident that occurred at the Houston Airport on March 11, 2011, involving Cadet Richard King,” the statement read. “Following this investigation, the Academy chain of command took appropriate administrative action in accordance with Army Regulation 210-26. At this time, the specific details of Cadet King’s case are protected by the Privacy Act, and are therefore not releasable.”

(For those who haven’t seen the video of the attack on King, you can view it by clicking HERE.  Warning: there’s a very good chance that, after viewing it, you’ll drive yourself insane wondering what the hell West Point investigators saw or know that we don’t.) writes that King has been placed in up to 18-month active-duty mentorship program for violating the academy’s code of honor.  The paper further reports that he’ll be allowed to reapply for entry into West Point once his tour of duty is completed.  It’s unclear at this time to where King will be deployed.

King, who started nine games as a sophomore in 2010, suffered a concussion during the March 11 altercation with Patti LaBelle‘s bodyguards and has filed a lawsuit against the R&B singer and others.  Because of the injuries suffered during the incident, King has been told by doctors that he’ll never play football again.

In an interview with a Houston radio station Tuesday, King continued to proclaim an innocence that appears to be shown on the videotape of the incident.

“The guy came from out of nowhere and I didn’t see it coming, and by the time that he had hit me, my head already had been jerked back and it didn’t seem like I had enough time to react to anything,” King told KTRK. “I wasn’t trying to fight anybody at all.”

You know what?  Screw leaving the site to view the video.  Here it is again, with the relevant footage beginning at the :

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13 Responses to “Punishment stands for Army CB involved in beat down by Patti LaBelle’s bodyguards”
  1. myballsmyrules says: Jun 8, 2011 2:15 PM

    WTF is West point thinking?

    I think a petition/march/rally/uprising something needs to be done.

    What the hell did this kid do wrong to get suspended?
    This is BS!!

  2. emeraldcityfan says: Jun 8, 2011 2:24 PM

    As if it already wasn’t hard enough to recruit at Army, they go and do something like this? That’s it! Time to boycott Patti LaBelle music, and weight watchers until further notice.

  3. polegojim says: Jun 8, 2011 2:41 PM

    Wow… well…um… I guess just ‘WOW’ and ‘SAD’

  4. jamie54 says: Jun 8, 2011 2:53 PM

    Apparently they’re seeing something we aren’t or else Ms. Labelle has some friends in awfully high places. Man.

  5. jonkybon says: Jun 8, 2011 3:02 PM

    The biggest disgrace was the officer taking pictures with LaBelle that weren’t mug shots. She and her entire staff should have been taken off in cuffs.

    I hope that police sargeant is fired yesterday!!!

  6. dryzzt23 says: Jun 8, 2011 3:08 PM

    Where is the media outrage against LaBelle?

    it seems like they are steering all the angst against West Point’s reaction instead of putting the blame squarely where it belongs…….on a fat singer and her entourage

  7. southernpatriots says: Jun 8, 2011 3:17 PM

    We would sure like to know what the West Point investigators learned that we don’t know. But from what we know and what we can readily see, something here is very wrong. Justice seems to have been turned on its ear. Justice here apparently was not blind. With a big name and fans can one can get away with physical assault on a volunteer U.S. soldier? There was a time when this happened that all the media came to the defense of the soldier and we all shouted for justice to be done and saw that it was. What can be done here? Perhaps some CFT posters know? We hate to see what appears to us to be an injustice against a volunteer serviceman.

  8. barnesaintnoble says: Jun 8, 2011 3:34 PM

    I was always annoyed when President Obama brought up the BCS system’s problems and I think a lot of people felt the same way – the government has more important things to do. This situation, however, is something the President can do something about. As Commander-in-Chief, he must have the ability to do something in regards to West Point.

  9. yourmom2011 says: Jun 8, 2011 4:24 PM

    What the heck happened here??

    Maybe the kid took a beat down because he stole Miss Piggy’s big mac? LMAO

    I can only think, hmmm…. what would Kurmit do?

  10. joerevs300 says: Jun 8, 2011 8:21 PM

    First of all, all the facts are not out yet. Everyone would feel really stupid if it came out he was drunk and incited this.

    “Adding another detail to the complicated story, LaBelle’s limousine driver and bodyguard are now claiming that King was intoxicated. King acknowledged that he had been drinking before the altercation but that he was in no way intoxicated.

    While King is claiming innocence, the Houston Police Department wrote in the police report that King was at fault for the incident.”

    So…he was intoxicated (I’m pretty sure, though not 100% certain that is against the Army Code when they are cadets), who knows what was said (you can’t see that in the video), and so in reality without knowing the full extent of those 2 things, the video (of course) makes him look like the innocent victim.

    There are 2 sides to every story. And I don’t think both sides have been told completely. Without knowing the Code…I don’t know about the AD part.

    But no matter how this turns out (King’s at fault, Patti Lebelle is at fault) it is certainly a black eye for the Army as things stand today.

  11. jonkybon says: Jun 8, 2011 8:58 PM

    joerevs300 says:
    Jun 8, 2011 8:21 PM
    First of all, all the facts are not out yet. Everyone would feel really stupid if it came out he was drunk and incited this.


    Under age drinking would explain the Academy’s response, but not the Police’s.

    Most likely the young man was running his mouth at her (if he had too much to drink) as young men tend to do. That is the price of fame. However, the footage does not show him laying hands on anybody and he was physically abused. The fat bitch’s guards would have well been within their rights to get between the Cadet and their charge. They took it to an entirely new level and cause permament injuries.

    According to reports Mr King will not be physically able to play football ever again and likely ruined his military career. LaObese and her goons should have been served and jailed. The goon squad clearly went way above and beyond what was necessary!

  12. shotgunchipmunk says: Jun 9, 2011 4:21 AM

    West Point has stated that previous history factored into the decision to dismiss him. Not much more for details, but it does make sense in light of the reports of violating the Honor Code. (could mean he lied or withheld info, but that’s getting into speculation.

    As for going enlisted, that’s not a punishment. He has incurred a service commitment since he’s already completed two years. Any cadet leaving for any grounds other than medical would have to go to active duty after two years.

  13. edgy says: Jun 9, 2011 8:54 AM

    You guys just don’t get it. The embarrassment for the Army is such that they can’t help but uphold the code. If the guy would have been stone cold sober, they’d have taken LaBelle to the PR cleaners but the guy gave up his moral high ground. Whether you believe it or not, LaBelle has NO friends in high places that could influence these guys into doing this and they would have dearly loved to stick it to another “liberal” like her but he put them in a bad position with his drinking (and possibly other incidents in the past).

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