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Colorado St. players involved in ‘savage beating’ of students suspended

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A disturbing incident which took place over the weekend has resulted in three players being at least temporarily removed from the Colorado State football program.

The players – junior defensive end Nordly Capi (pictured), junior linebacker Mike Orakpo and junior defensive end Colton Paulhus — were allegedly involved in the “savage beating“, as the Fort Collins Coloradoan described it, of four freshman CSU students at a party late Friday night.  The alleged victims were left with various injuries, from chipped teeth to eyes nearly swollen shut to cuts and bruises to one having a boot print left on his back from where he was allegedly assaulted by one of the football players.

Two of the alleged victims, 19-year-old John ‘JD’ Haley and 20-year-old Donny Gocha, spoke to the Coloradoan and relayed their version of how the events that night transpired.

They say they were leaving a party at LaPorte and Shields about midnight on Friday when an SUV loaded with fellow students drove past, its occupants yelling homophobic insults. When Gocha responded with the same insult, the SUV screeched to a halt and several men piled out, Haley said.

“You could just tell they were looking for a fight,” Haley said. “They just started beating the back of Donny’s head in.”

Haley said he and their other two friends tried to protect Gocha while the much larger men kicked and punched him.

“I covered Donny’s head with my body,” Haley said. “We were all scared for his life. It froze me. You can’t really put into words how disturbing it was. My only thought was to protect his head.”

Haley added that “[i]t wasn’t really much of a fight. It was basically just a beating.  I’ve never seen anyone so mad, so violent. The kid was on a rampage.” Haley did not reveal which football-playing “kid” to which he was referring.

In a Facebook posting that was subsequently deleted, offensive lineman Trey Cassidy acknowledged that unnamed teammates were involved in the alleged beating, in essence apologizing for their actions and lamenting the fact that the entire program will be portrayed in a harsh light because of the actions of a few.

“Well first off, I want to apologize for what my teammates have done to three students last night. I just talked to the students who were assaulted. I hang out in their hall regularly and do not believe that there is any hostility between us,” Cassidy wrote Saturday on a Facebook group where Haley had posted photos of his injuries. “I figured everyone else should know that not everyone on the team are like these athletes that get into fights every other weekend. But it is this select few … that get the rest of us labeled as a group, you would assume that everyone on campus would realize this. But let’s face reality people, some people are going to label the entire team as hot headed people that can’t be trusted.”

“A group of football players jumped a few students, I am not allowed to really get into it but I can say they are currently suspended.”

Capi, who led the Mountain West Conference in sacks last season, and Orakpo, the younger brother of former Texas standout Brian Orakpo and the Rams’ third-leading tackler in 2011, were also involved in a physical altercation around St. Patrick’s Day this year.  No charges were ever filed in that incident, nor have any been filed (yet) as a result of this latest situation.

First-year head coach Jim McElwain announced Saturday that three players had been indefinitely suspended by the program.  While again not releasing the specific names of the players, and perhaps in response to the calls for all three players to be permanently dismissed from the program, McElwain released a statement Monday afternoon.  Here it is, in its entirety:

“At this point, the three players reported to be involved in the incident over the weekend are indefinitely suspended from the football program. That means they are effectively no longer part of this team and will not take part in any football-related activity. We do not condone in any way, shape or form this type of behavior. It is completely unacceptable.

“I understand people want me to remove them from the team immediately. But until the investigation concludes and due process takes its course, suspending them indefinitely is the strongest action I can take.

“The vast majority of players in this program are good kids. They work hard and they do the right thing. They understand that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.”

Once the police investigation is completed, that report will be the basis for an internal investigation, which will determine what if any permanent sanctions will be levied on any or all of the players allegedly involved.

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22 Responses to “Colorado St. players involved in ‘savage beating’ of students suspended”
  1. mydixienormus says: Apr 9, 2012 2:26 PM

    You misssssspeeeellllled suspended.

    Hooked on phonics works for me!!!

  2. vegasrobert says: Apr 9, 2012 2:28 PM

    You mispelled mispelled.

  3. thekatman says: Apr 9, 2012 2:52 PM

    If the players or students are determined to be at fault, then they should be kicked expelled from school. A suspension is just a slap on the wrist.

  4. florida727 says: Apr 9, 2012 3:16 PM

    Not to worry “katman”. They will be expelled from school… shortly after they’re charged with felony assault and battery, or worse. They haven’t even hit the “calm before the storm”… yet. These football players are screwed, if the allegations prove true.

  5. dryzzt23 says: Apr 9, 2012 3:36 PM

    Yet another incident involving our “bright youth”

    These guys are total imbeciles. They had a free ride yet they let stupidity get in the way of it.

    I must wonder if the players were black and the victims were white.

    Clearly if the victims were black and the players were white then Obama, Eric Holder, Jesse Jackson, and the race pimp crew would be there to exploit the problem.

    It was probably black on white crime so the police just say “Nothing to see here, this is not a hate crime”

  6. cubano76 says: Apr 9, 2012 3:42 PM

    “temporarily removed from the Colorado State football program.”

    So I take it a few days before summer camp, their HC will put out a press release saying that they have paid the price and are now allowed back on the team. Unless of course they are scout teammers, then they will be expelled from the school by weeks end.

  7. th56 says: Apr 9, 2012 4:01 PM

    Test them for steroids.

  8. thom4msu says: Apr 9, 2012 4:12 PM

    Frikkin savages. Especially dangerous in groups.

  9. mogogo1 says: Apr 9, 2012 4:28 PM

    I suspect they’ll get the boot if police charges are filed and this was as bad as this article portrays. McElwain didn’t recruit these guys, so he won’t feel the need to coddle them or cut them slack.

  10. psousa1 says: Apr 9, 2012 4:32 PM

    Wow. Sounds like a hate crime to me. They should be brought up on federal charges. But we know that won’t happen now will it………

  11. mydixienormus says: Apr 9, 2012 5:11 PM

    Really Vegasrobert?

    You didn’t catch the irony in me misspelling misspelled?

    Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, are we?

    Or maybe you were being coy because you misspelled, misspell?

    Now I am confused….

  12. electstat says: Apr 9, 2012 5:12 PM

    I assume there is going to be overzealous media reports, marches, federal investigations….right?

  13. infectorman says: Apr 9, 2012 5:58 PM

    Imagine: you work your tail off the majority of your adult life to put your kid into college and this is what happens to him?
    Attacked by a crew of juiced up drunk, coddled, entitled athletes?

    Hope they do time if the allegations are true. Nothing more than common thug criminals hiding on a college campus

  14. afirst916 says: Apr 9, 2012 6:49 PM

    It’s hard to believe these guys don’t get bounced from the program if they were the ones who committed the assault.

    It’s sad that there’s so many players out there who do the right thing, then something like this happens that perpetuates the jock stereotype. Good for Trey Cassidy for coming out and condeming his team mates actions, I’d like to see stuff like that more often.

  15. fatcamper says: Apr 9, 2012 6:57 PM

    Reading the article this is a bit disturbing. As a 19 year old college freshman I may have weighed 145 soaking wet. I can only imagine being pummeled by a division 1 college football player at that time.

    If this story is true, I hope the suspension is only a formality. If they’re found guilty I hope they all end up serving long sentences for what they did to these kids, their families, and the football program at CSU.

  16. edpeters101 says: Apr 9, 2012 7:08 PM

    “Once the police investigation is completed, that report will be the basis for an internal investigation, which will determine what if any permanent sanctions will be levied on any or all of the players allegedly involved.”.. Why would you wait? You investigate now! In a case like this you must be proactive for the sake of all involved (or not as the case may be).

  17. qball82 says: Apr 9, 2012 8:52 PM

    I didn’t know Brian Orakpo played for the Rams, as this article states.
    Could have sworn he has been a Redskin his whole career.

  18. swu32733 says: Apr 10, 2012 12:34 AM

    Isn’t this a “hate crime”? Bring in the Feds.

  19. spoiledbratswhosuck says: Apr 10, 2012 7:57 AM

    Most of these guys are jacked on steroids, alcohol and / or drugs. Football coaches turn a blind eye until something bad happens. These thugs never intend to get an education. Just waste everybodys time. Most end up in nothing jobs for the rest of their life. Their time at college is like a pimple on my ass, its their for a little while then goes away.

    Any questions?

  20. rcali says: Apr 10, 2012 10:56 AM

    I’m gonna punch myself in the eye, break a few of my teeth, take a picture of myself and make it my avatar.

  21. milehighjoe says: Apr 10, 2012 1:38 PM

    Can you say . . . ‘roid rage?

  22. nathanbetz91 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:12 AM

    At dryzzt23: what in the hell are you talking about? If a hate crime is suspected its gonna be because of the homophobic comments made to those being assaulted, and you clearly know nothing about football because the article says one of the assailants was Brian orakpos brother, who everyone knows is black. Do you really even care abut this or are you just looking for every possible excuse to be an ignorant racist?

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