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CIAA title game cancelled after WSSU QB beaten at luncheon

Posted November 15, 2013
Updated April 15

— A bathroom fight Friday among football players from Winston-Salem State and Virginia State during a CIAA championship game luncheon left the WSSU quarterback beaten and charges filed against a player from the other team.

The conference announced that the title game set for Saturday in Winston-Salem in North Carolina has been canceled.

Rudy Johnson, the starting quarterback for the Rams, was "viciously beaten" by members of the Virginia State team, Winston-Salem State Chancellor Donald Reaves said in a statement. He said one Virginia State player admitted his role in the beating.

School spokeswoman Nancy Young identified the suspect as 22-year-old Lamont Daniel Britt. A Forsyth County jail official says Britt, a running back from Portsmouth, Va., was being held there Friday night on a charge of misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury.

"There is no excuse for the behavior of the Virginia State players," Reaves said.

Young said Johnson was assaulted in the bathroom at the Anderson Conference Center on the Winston-Salem campus during the luncheon.

"Today's event was supposed to be a celebration for both teams and for all the players who were being recognized for an outstanding season," Reaves said. "The actions from the Virginia State players certainly changed the outcome for everyone."

Virginia State Athletic Director Peggy Davis didn't return a phone call seeking comment, but the school issued a statement on its website saying it is fully cooperating with the CIAA in its investigation and couldn't comment further.

Both Winston-Salem State Rams and Virginia State Trojans are 9-1. The Rams lost to Valdosta State in the NCAA Division II championship game last year, and both teams were in position to earn postseason berths this season.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that five Virginia State players were involved and Reaves said university police are trying to identify the others.

One of Johnson's teammates told the newspaper that "Rudy was beaten up bad and he can't play."

A photo taken of Johnson shows him holding ice over his right eye.

CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter lamented the loss of the championship weekend. The conference consists of 12 historically black colleges and universities in Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

"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," Carpenter said.

"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," she said.

The conference volleyball championship, which also involved the two schools, was canceled as well.

Johnson, a 6-2, 205-pound junior from San Diego, moved into the starting lineup in the second game. He has completed 150 of 239 passes for 2,076 yards and 22 touchdowns with five interceptions in his nine games. He's also the team's second-leading rusher with 420 yards and six rushing scores.

Britt, a 5-foot-10, 205-pound sophomore, was Virginia State's third-leading rusher with 276 yards and one touchdown on 63 carries. He also had seven catches for 78 yards on the year.

Winston-Salem State was trying to become the first team in two decades to win three straight CIAA championships, the last being Hampton from 1992-94. The Rams have won 24 straight games against CIAA opponents.

Virginia State and Winston-Salem State hadn't played since 2003.

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Sports writer Aaron Beard contributed to this report.

 

The game, scheduled to air on MeTV 50.2 on Saturday, will no longer be seen because of Friday's incident. MeTV will instead air regular scheduled programming. Gunsmoke will be seen at 1 p.m. followed by Bonanza at 2 p.m. and Rawhide at 3 p.m.

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  • bradford1959 Nov 17, 6:55 p.m.

    Hockey Players fight on the ICE ONE ON ONE.IF ONE GETS THE UPPER HAND THEY STOP IT.CAGE FIGHTING SAME THING.iTS NOT 5 ON 1.IF YOU WANT TO FIGHT FIGHT ON THE FIELD.

  • mac240 Nov 16, 8:28 p.m.

    one unedjumicated team (see Ebonics 101) vs. another unedjumicated team (see Ebonics 102)...To... View More

    — Posted by 123skipjack

    Grow Up!!!!!!!1

    — Posted by iron fist

    He has!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • iron fist Nov 16, 4:45 p.m.

    one unedjumicated team (see Ebonics 101) vs. another unedjumicated team (see Ebonics 102)...To... View More

    — Posted by 123skipjack

    Grow Up!!!!!!!1

  • 123skipjack Nov 16, 4:27 p.m.

    Sad thing at the luncheon. However, this is why I stopped participating in these posts....it... View More

    — Posted by triangle citizen

    ...so why did u post keyboard coward?

  • 123skipjack Nov 16, 4:25 p.m.

    When they fight in hockey they are called tough guys. When black men fight they are called... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    ...That is correct baby boy...except you left out the gansta' part...try to keeep up

  • 123skipjack Nov 16, 4:22 p.m.

    Negros vs. Negros = trouble...Just axe your momma who has a differnet last name than your daddy...

  • 123skipjack Nov 16, 4:01 p.m.

    as if anyone cared about a game between a bunch of ganstas'

  • 123skipjack Nov 16, 3:56 p.m.

    one unedjumicated team (see Ebonics 101) vs. another unedjumicated team (see Ebonics 102)...To make it simple for the unedjumicated: Gantsa vs. Gansta...What a bunch of s...I now dats right...Just ax me...

  • mac240 Nov 16, 2:45 p.m.

    Just made Mom and Dad proud...kicked out of college with a police record! I guess getting a diploma was asking for too much!

  • iron fist Nov 16, 2:16 p.m.

    This has nothing to do with race its all about being stupid. I hate this for WSSU and their QB. They should be awarded the championship but it would not be the same as winning the title.

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