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.)
HudsonValley.com 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 :