I’m not sure there’s a more ridiculous accusation that can be levied than saying a star running back punched someone because he was angry he was included in the background of a selfie picture, but that’s what a Georgia student alleged this weekend.
“The accuser, a 20-year-old UGA student, called police from his home at about 3:18 a.m. to report that he’d been punched by Gurley more than an hour earlier at the Bourbon Street Bar & Grill on Broad Street, police said. He accused the football player of attacking him after he took a photograph of himself with Gurley in the background, according to police.
Police said that they reviewed surveillance video footage of the student being punched inside the bar, but it was a white male who struck him, not Gurley.”
“Gurley told a detective that the UGA student had been trying to take selfies with his cellphone as Gurley was in the background with friends from his hometown, according to police.
Although Gurley said he did not see the student get punched, he did see some “other guys” pushing him. Gurley told the detective that the student had lost his hat. Gurley said he reached down to pick it up for him when the student approached and directed a racial epithet at Gurley, according to police.”
So, to repeat, a 20 year old Georgia student at a bar tried to take a selfie of himself with Todd Gurley in the background. Then he directed a racial epithet at Gurley, who had reached down to pick up his hat. Then he got kicked out of the bar. Then he called police and said Todd Gurley punched him.
And it gets even better.
“When being interviewed in his West Broad Street apartment, police said the student was informed about the video footage that showed him being struck by a white male, not Gurley, police said.
The student admitted he’d had been drinking that night, but contended he was not drunk, according to police.”
Ah, yes, the always effective, I’ve been drinking, but I wasn’t drunk defense. There’s like a 99.99% chance that Jameis Winston uses this defense in the next five years.
There is no truth to the rumor that the alleged complainant is actually a Vanderbilt fan trying to ensure that his team only loses 45-3 and not 171-3. We also know that the white man who punched the student is not Hutson Mason, as Mason would have missed him entirely.
Also, while I’m making light of this situation, what happens if there isn’t video footage from the bar to clear Gurley? Sure, you can rely on eye witnesses to say what they saw, but in a dark bar it’s always tough to see what actually happened. This should serve as a lesson to all grown men taking selfies of other grown men.
Don’t do it.