One Nkemdiche brother has reportedly been hospitalized, but Ole Miss is not saying which brother was rushed for medical assistance Monday.
A report from WAPT in Mississippi says Ole Miss officials have not confirmed if Robert Nkemdiche or Denzel Nkemdiche has been hospitalized. At this time, Ole Miss has not responded to College Football Talk to confirm the reports or provide any further details.
Robert Nkemdiche was recently suspended by Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze following an incident in an Atlanta hotel. He now is reportedly focusing on training for the NFL Draft in 2016, where he should be a first-round pick for sure. Nkemdiche fell through a hotel window and was charged for marijuana possession. Denzel Nkemdiche was hospitalized last month for an undisclosed illness. Freeze said the medical issue was a personal matter at the time.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.
UPDATE (2:39 p.m. ET) – The Clarion-Ledger reports it was Denzel Nkemdiche that was hospitalized at University of Mississippi Medical Center after being found unresponsive by police responding to a medical aid call.
Ole Miss is no longer undefeated, but certainly not because of the play of the defense. The Rebels, however, will move on without one of their land sharks. Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche will miss the rest of the 2014 season after breaking his ankle Saturday night against LSU.
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze confirmed to ESPN.com on Monday Nkemdiche underwent ankle surgery on Sunday. The rehab process will keep him out for the rest of the regular season, although his potential status for any bowl game is unconfirmed at this time. Nkemdiche, listed as a co-starter on the Ole Miss depth chart, will be replaced on a full-time basis by Serderius Bryant as Ole Miss plays on.
A number of players on the Ole Miss defense were beat up by LSU in a physical battle in Baton Rouge. Fortunately for Ole Miss, no other injuries to players appear to be serious enough to cost anyone any playing time at the moment.
Ole Miss will host Auburn this week in one of many critical SEC West battles remaining on the conference schedule this season. A loss could drop Ole Miss or Auburn from the College Football Playoff discussion.
The Nkemdiche brothers are striking back in court. The two Ole Miss players, Denzel Nkemdiche and Robert Nkemdiche, have filed a counter-suit seeking $2 million according to a report by The Clarion Ledger.
The lawsuit is a counter to a lawsuit originally filed by Matthew Baird. Baird accuses the Nkemdiche brothers of being a part of a group of individuals who attacked him outside of a fraternity house in mid-February 2013. The Nkemdiches say Baird’s statements are “untrue and false statements.”
“Nkemdiche would state and show that he suffered and sustained harm, injuries, damages, and/or losses as a result of the false and defamatory statements made by plaintiff/counter-defendant Matthew Baird and that, therefore, Nkemdiche is entitled to a judgement against (Baird) for compensatory damages in an amount to be determined by the jury,” the lawsuit filed by each brother reads in separate statements.
Ole Miss has suspended Denzel Nkemdiche for the season opener against Boise State. Robert Nkemdiche remains in good standing on the football program at this time.
We knew already Ole Miss had suspended Denzel Nkemdiche from the team while a legal issue is sorted out. Now we know that suspension will carry over to the season opener for the Rebels against Boise State.
As spring practice opened in Oxford, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze addressed Nkemdiche’s status with the team. Nkemdiche will sit out the first game of the season against Boise State.
“(Nkemdiche) will not be with us this spring,” Freeze confirmed. “He is still suspended from the team… He will be suspended at least for the first game next year. I’m hoping he can really learn from the mistakes that have been made and get back to being who he can be. He’s a good kid. It’s never fun when your kids make mistakes.”
Freeze also confirmed Serderius Bryant is also suspended from the team but will continue to practice. Freeze said Bryant will have some community service to do to help regain his position with the team moving forward, and part of that includes giving up time on his spring break to perform some mission work. The second team All-SEC linebacker was arrested for disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace at the same time as Nkemdiche. For now, Freeze has not determined if Bryant will miss the season opener as well, but he left the door open for that as a realistic possibility.
“He has a lot of things he has to do to be in good standing before the first ball game,” Freeze said about Bryant. “It could involve some being suspended, also, depending on how the rest of his stuff goes.”