Report: EKU, Kentucky players fight

ByEdward Aschoff via ESPN logo
Thursday, January 29, 2015

An Eastern Kentuckyoffensive lineman suffered multiple facial fractures during a fight that allegedly involved three Kentuckyfootball players over the weekend, according to a report by The (Louisville) Courier-Journal.

The father of Eastern Kentucky lineman Colton Scurry, Jeff Scurry, told The Courier-Journal about his son's injuries, but he wouldn't comment on the details of the altercation.

Two EKU students, however, told the newspaper that Scurry, a redshirt sophomore, instigated the fight that occurred at Jerzees in Richmond, Kentucky. The students also alleged that the bar fight involved Kentucky wide receiver Dorian Baker, quarterback Drew Barker and defensive end Tymere Dubose.

According to Richmond police, Scurry told officers he was hit in the head repeatedly -- at one point losing consciousness -- and then unsuccessfully attempted to walk back to EKU.

Police said Scurry, 20, was taken by ambulance to Baptist Health hospital with a broken nose, broken bones around his cheek and orbital socket, multiple facial lacerations and a head wound that required stitches or staples to close.

"We were in the back part of Jerzees," Will Ruholt, a friend of Barker's from Conner High School in Burlington, Kentucky, told the newspaper. "A couple people started talking [abusively], and things started to get a little heated. Colton Scurry is the one who started the entire fight. He pushed me. Multiple people can verify that."

Added fellow EKU student Zach Littleton, who said he accompanied the Kentucky football players to the bar: "I was actually pretty sober, and I was watching everything that was going down. Basically what happened was a bunch of UK football players come in and all you hear is, 'This is my neighborhood. What are you doing here?'

"... As soon as [Scurry] pushed Will, it was just a big mess. From what I saw, it wasn't just Colton. I saw a bunch of people swinging for no reason."

Richmond police issued a statement Wednesday and are continuing to investigate.

"Once the investigation has been completed and the facts are fully established, the department will take the appropriate action with regard to the filing of charges against any person deemed to be culpable," the statement said. "Until that time, the department will have no further comment on the matter."

Kentucky athletics spokesman Tony Neely told ESPN.com that the school will have no comment on the incident at this time. A source told The Courier-Journal that Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is currently on the road recruiting, but he is aware of the allegations and is gathering information.

Scott Cason, EKU's vice president for communications, told the newspaper that he couldn't confirm any names in the incident, but that the university was investigating the situation.

Jeff Scurry wouldn't discuss the incident. He said he wasn't sure if his son would need facial reconstructive surgery.

"We'll let the criminal side take its course and do its investigation," Jeff Scurry told The Courier-Journal. "There's a lot of good evidence and eyewitnesses that saw exactly what happened. [Colton's] healing, but we're trying to let the [legal] process take place. We're just trying to get him well.

"It's been a long couple of days. ... We're up here just for comfort and support. We've met with the staff and the school and everybody is praying for a speedy recovery."

Baker, Barker and Dubose were three of four Kentucky players charged with second-degree disorderly conduct for their involvement in firing an airsoft pellet gun near a campus residence hall Sept. 28.