Seven Ole Miss football players named as defendants in $2 million assault suit

Tuesday February 18th, 2014

Denzel Nkemdiche is currently a redshirt sophomore at Ole Miss. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) Denzel Nkemdiche is currently a redshirt sophomore at Ole Miss. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

A lawsuit has been brought against Ole Miss LB Denzel Nkemdiche and his brother, defensive end Robert, as well as five other unnamed players, claiming they brutally assaulted a fellow student at a frat party last year, according to Clay Travis of Fox Sports.

The civil complaint claims that Matthew Baird was knocked unconscious by a blow to the back of the head from Denzel Nkemdiche and then beaten by the other players while trying to leave a party where a fight had broken out.

Not content with the knockout blow, Robert Nkemdiche and five other football players, unidentified but sued as John Does in the lawsuit, then are accused of kicking and stomping the plaintiff as he was passed out on the ground. Everett, the plaintiff's friend, dove on the ground and covered the unconscious plaintiff, leading to his also being beaten. According to the complaint, Everett was beaten so severely that his eardrum was busted and his middle ear was severely injured.

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At the time of the assault, Robert Nkemdiche was the top prospect in the recruiting class of 2013. Denzel Nkemdiche was suspended indefinitely by the team last week after being arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

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