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D2 conference championship canceled following ugly incident

Photo: Winston Salem State Athletics

An end of the season football banquet is supposed to be a positive way for a conference to wrap up a football season. That will not be the case for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a conference playing Division 2 football.

As first seen on D2football.com and later reported by the Winston-Salem Journal, Winston Salem State quarterback Rudy Johnson, a 2013 All-CIAA First Team quarterback,¬†was allegedly assaulted by five members of Virginia State’s football team. According to the reports, Johnson was beaten up in a restroom at a banquet hall hosting a football luncheon the day before the CIAA football championship game. As a result of the brawl, Winston-Salem State assistant athletic director Kevin Manns is reported as saying the conference championship game has been canceled.

One of the Virginia state players arrested as a result of this incident was Lamont Britt, sophomore running back. The cause of the altercation is also not known at this time.

Johnson was treated at a local hospital and has already been released.

UPDATE (8:15 p.m. ET) – The CIAA has released the following statement regarding the cancelation of their championship game;

Based on the incident that occurred today, and after consulting with the leadership of each institution and the Football and Volleyball championship committees, the CIAA is saddened to announce that this weekend’s Football and Volleyball conference championships that were scheduled to take place in Winston-Salem have been canceled. On the eve of such an important weekend for dozens of our student-athletes, many of whom have waited a lifetime for such a moment, we are left to focus instead on what might have been.

Our singular focus is on the safety and security of the CIAA’s student-athletes and those who follow them. It is important that everyone involved in the CIAA embody our mission every day by acting as upstanding individuals on and off the field. We must work together to hold each other to higher standards of responsible judgment and conduct because we must demand that if we are to succeed.

We did not make this decision lightly, as its impact is far and wide – affecting our student-athletes, alumni, fans, sponsors and more. But the CIAA has long had policies to encourage responsible behavior, and must consider what is necessary to assure days like today are not repeated, ever.

We will cooperate fully with the NCAA as it relates to its upcoming Division II national championships.

Photo: Winston-Salem State Athletics

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10 Responses to “D2 conference championship canceled following ugly incident”
  1. afrancis55 says: Nov 15, 2013 6:20 PM

    The only fitting punishment would to force Virginia State to forfeit.

  2. classyjacklambert says: Nov 15, 2013 6:22 PM

    Wow talk about a thug mentality.

  3. youcantmakemepickausername says: Nov 15, 2013 6:48 PM

    I think we already know the names of the five guys that jumped him: Urban Meyer, Urban Meyer, Urban Meyer, Urban Meyer, and the last guy was, um, Urban Meyer!

  4. ndnut says: Nov 15, 2013 9:50 PM

    Why did they need to cancel the volleyball championships? They did nothing wrong.

  5. vstar1us says: Nov 15, 2013 10:13 PM

    Without trying to sound racist, how many white, black and Mexican players were involved.

  6. vincentbojackson says: Nov 15, 2013 10:17 PM

    I hope the two volleyball teams and their fans that were totally uninvolved in this have learned their lesson.

  7. classyjacklambert says: Nov 15, 2013 11:44 PM

    How could that possibly be construed as anything but racist vstar1us? You literally asked what race the attackers were…

  8. wabbitslayer says: Nov 16, 2013 4:00 AM

    They’re not that tough. The football team at my high school, they were tough. After they sacked the quarterback, they went after his family.

  9. mrtreyseven says: Nov 16, 2013 7:13 AM

    without sounding racist whats your race?…nevemind i can about guess and you wonder why they say your race is racist….guys like you make your whole race look racist just as African Americans have em, as well as any another race stupid biggots like yourself who so stuck on race that you forget a crime took place

  10. thraiderskin says: Nov 16, 2013 9:33 AM

    I agree with Afrancis, how can you have a whole season of accomplishments without an end result? The forfeiture is the only outcome that makes sense and the only outcome that is fair.

    As to vstarius…. come on dude, really? Was that really your contribution to the discussion?

    Mrtreyseven, let’s be honest here, there is far more than stupid comments driving a wedge between the different races in this country.

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