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Three Colorado State players charged in ‘savage beating’

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An allegedly violent physical altercation involving members of the Colorado State football program that led to the suspensions of three players has now led to criminal charges against the trio as well.

And, much to the chagrin of one of the alleged victims, those charges are very minor in nature.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, junior defensive end Nordly Capi (pictured), junior linebacker Mike Orakpo and junior defensive end Colton Paulhus were each charged with one count of disorderly conduct.  Freshman CSU student Donny Gocha, who was allegedly beaten and kicked by the players to the point of unconsciousness, was also hit with the same charge as the Rams trio.

“Once again our justice system pulls through on doing a royally s***** job,” Gocha wrote, per the Coloradoan, on his personal Facebook page. “The football players and ME got charged with disorderly conduct!”

Per the alleged victims, the incident began when the players lobbed a homophobic slur from their vehicle, after which Gocha responded in kind.  At that point, it’s alleged, the players exited the vehicle and commenced to beating on Gocha.  Two of Gocha’s friends attempted to intervene, but were beaten as well.  Neither of those two individuals were charged.

One of those friends, John “J.D.” Haley, told the paper shortly after the early-April incident 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.

The Coloradoan described the incident as a “savage beating“, which left the alleged victims 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.

Shortly after the charges were announced, first-year head coach Jim McElwain released a statement.

“I am aware of the charges filed today against Nordly Capi, Mike Orakpo and Colton Paulhus,” the statement read. “This matter remains under university investigation, and as of this time the status of the student-athletes remains unchanged.  I will not have further comment at this time.”

Capi, who led the Mountain West Conference in sacks last season, and Orakpo, the younger brother of former Texas standout and current Washington Redskins player Brian Orakpo, were also involved in a physical altercation around St. Patrick’s Day this year.  No charges were ever filed in that incident.

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11 Responses to “Three Colorado State players charged in ‘savage beating’”
  1. kozbee says: Apr 27, 2012 10:20 AM

    No matter where these type youths go wheather it be a drug house or a chance at a future in college the HOOD always seems to follow the worse of them.Trouble makers such as them deserve nothing better then what they had before a college offer.Thugs from the Hood and born stupid,most can say lets blame it on their upbringing..O so True.

  2. lbijake says: Apr 27, 2012 10:22 AM

    One of the few times a law suit is warranted. Sue the University, they have deep pockets.

  3. chitownjeff says: Apr 27, 2012 11:22 AM

    Their you go Kozbee. winner winner on the “who can put the most racial code words” in one cft post..

  4. rayburns says: Apr 27, 2012 11:30 AM

    Once again, we see the tail wagging the dog.

    Fort Collins knows that Colorado State pays a lot of the city’s bills, so they’re not going to go out of their way to antagonize the university, even over something as seemingly open and shut as this case appears to be.

  5. mikevee1 says: Apr 27, 2012 11:31 AM

    Sounds like stupidity AND a healthy does of off-season Androgel (testosterone). A normal educated person does not roll down the window to yell out a homophobic slur at someone. I appears this is not a race issue though. We’ll have to see what Spike Lee says.

  6. danandtardy says: Apr 27, 2012 11:35 AM

    Did I miss the story when Brian Orakpo was traded to the Rams?

  7. dbeehner says: Apr 27, 2012 2:43 PM

    Colleges keep bringing these thugs in because they can play sports. They disrupt classes (when they actually attend); they beat the hell out of random people; rape women and God knows what else. The colleges and local PDs give them a free pass. No wonder so many of them are a$$holes when they get in pro sports. I agree with the person who said to sue the college. Also, sue the players and drag it out until they get their professional payday.

  8. milehighjoe says: Apr 27, 2012 4:07 PM

    I’m happy to see this beating covered here at nbc sports, but I’m surprised there’s no mention of the steroids & weed the cops found:

    “Police obtained warrants to search the players’ homes after they repeatedly denied involvement in the beating. Suspected anabolic steroids were found in Orakpo’s room and at Paulhus’ house. Police seized a clear liquid in glass vials in a refrigerator, along with syringes, from Orakpo’s room. Paulhus told police he has low testosterone and has a prescription for the drug. Police did not elaborate on whether he ever produced a promised prescription for the drug.”

    from page 2 of the local newspaper’s coverage:|mostview

  9. yova64 says: Apr 27, 2012 9:59 PM

    it appears we have a situation on campus that mirrors the larger society where the privileged few aren’t held as accountable for their actions as the rest of us. in the former instance juiced up jocks the parasite class in the latter – meanwhile when two minority groups are involved it gives credance to the observation that racism perpetuates itself when the slave begins to immitate the master. it’s 2012 we are still a violent society where the more things change the more they stay the same – seems like we live a way of life that requires a new way of living – until then i suggest sit back – read the comment from someone who missed reading about a football trade involving someone related to the incident and relax because in the end all things conditioned are impermanent.

  10. drjem says: Apr 28, 2012 8:23 AM

    TO: kozbee
    You’re right on. koz, it’s just plain insanity! Just “FIRE” these thugs, surely we have kids in America that can play stellar football & are simultaneously decent human beings????? Just fire their sorry asses and move on to players who are more deserving.

  11. whynotusecommonsense says: Apr 28, 2012 11:06 PM

    Yes let’s keep suing everybody. Especially the university that “has deep pockets” because they should be responsible for every one of the 20,000 plus students at all times. The same university that immediately suspended the players and will likely expel them.

    Heck they should just sue the city too because the cops didn’t respond fast enough.

    Some people…

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