It’s been relatively quiet on the legal front of late, but there’s a situation in Stillwater that bears keeping an eye on.
The O’Colly, the Oklahoma State student newspaper, is reporting that several members of the Cowboys football program “were involved in a large altercation at a house party over the weekend.” Witnesses stated that most of the starters on OSU’s defense were in attendance, although the names of the players either in attendance or allegedly involved in the fracas were revealed.
Police were called to the scene, and one person was arrested — Dante Rocco, who witnesses said was on the receiving end of a beating at the hands of the unnamed football players. Just who triggered the alleged beating was not made clear.
From the report:
Witnesses also told officers that at one point, OSU student Dante Rocco and OSU football players got into a fight for an unknown reason. Rocco was reportedly knocked down onto a couch in the living room and was beaten while lying on the couch. Witnesses said a friend of Rocco’s tried to lean over and protect Rocco from getting punched when OSU football players began punching him. Afterward, the victim complained that his jaw hurt. Multiple people reportedly pushed Rocco into a small room to separate him from the others inside the house.
Again, it’s unclear how the melee began. Then again…
Based on the incident report, it appears Rocco may have been a wee bit out of control. And, yes, alcohol was believed to be a factor in the mayhem described below.
Additionally, an officer wrote that upon his arrival, he saw Rocco shirtless and running directly toward him with “fighting posture” and a towel wrapped around his right hand. When Rocco realized he was running toward an officer, he turned his attention to a female nearby, began yelling at her and looked as if he was going to assault her, the report states.
While officers attempted to arrest Rocco, he continually tried to pull away and escape the officers’ grasps and resisted commands to provide his hands to the officers, according to the report.
Once transported to the city jail, Rocco began threatening an officer while going through the booking process. Rocco shouted “I will beat your bitch n—– ass” and continued to yell “un-cuff me and I will beat your bitch ass,” according to the report. He also told the officer to take off his “gun and badge and then see what happened.”
Rocco was ultimately charged with
being bro resisting an officer and disturbing the peace by threat. The owner of the house also wants to pursue charges against Rocco for allegedly breaking a window and mirror.
No charges have been filed against anyone else connected to the altercation, including any OSU football players, and OSU officials have yet to publicly address the incident.
The off-campus incident remains under investigation.