Denzel Nkemdiche is a linebacker for Ole Miss’s football team who is presently indefinitely suspended follwing an arrest this past weekend for disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. According to a civil complaint filed on Valentine’s Day in LaFayette County, Mississippi, a year before this arrest Denzel Nkemdiche assaulted an innocent individual who he’d never met or spoken to before at Ole Miss’s Kappa Alpha fraternity house in the early morning hours of February 17th, 2013.
Per the complaint, brought by the high-powered law firm of Burch, Porter, and Johnson in Memphis, Matthew Baird and his girlfriend were at the Kappa Alpha house with their friend Ford Everett. They arrived at the fraternity house at 11:45 in the evening and shortlly thereafter Denzel Nkdemiche and his brother Robert, then a senior in high school and recent commit to Ole Miss, along with five other unidentified football players, identified as John Does 1-5 in the complaint, also arrived at the house. The complaint states that Denzel was friends with fraternity members and had visited the house several times before.
A fight broke out — not involving the plaintiff — and KA members decided to clear out the house. During this time Denzel Nkemdiche was observed ripping off his shirt and screaming, “I’m going to beat that mother——‘s ass!”
The plaintiff and Everett decided to leave the house when, according to the complaint, without any provocation Denzel punched the plaintiff in the back of the head, immediately knocking him 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.
911 was called and the plaintiff was transported to the hospital in an ambulance. But before authorities could arrive, the Nkemdiche brothers and the five other football players fled the scene. The plaintiff was knocked unconscious for 12 to 15 minutes and his body began to convulse in a seizure. He was taken to the emergency room where he was treated for multiple injuries, including a severe head injury.
The Nkemdiche brothers have been sued for battery, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, for which the plaintiff is seeking two million dollars in damages. Nkemdiche and his brother, once served, will have thirty days to file a responsive pleading to the lawsuit.
Reached for comment, Ole Miss athletic department officials, who had already indefinitely suspended Denzel Nkemdiche after his arrest this week, said as follows:
“When this alleged incident occurred, the proper authorities investigated the matter and could find no evidence of wrong-doing related to Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche or any other members of our football program. This is a personal matter for them and we will support Denzel and Robert while they defend themselves in this civil case.”