(Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.)
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It was just another Knockout Game except for one thing: The assailants in this black mob were all members of Alabama’s national championship football team.
The rules for the Knockout Game are simple: First, start with a crowd of black people. Then, find a white person. Beat him until he is unconscious. Or until your arms and legs get tired. Repeat as desired. Some people keep score. Others yell “Knockout Game” and laugh.
Victims report hundreds of examples of it around the country over the last three years.
This version took place – twice – late Sunday night on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Samuel Jergens was returning to his dorm when three black men asked if they could borrow a lighter.
That is the last thing he remembers before waking up on the sidewalk, bloody, with head injuries and bruises.
His friend Chris Burks told the campus paper: “His left side of his face was gigantic. The jacket he was wearing and his headphones were completely drenched in blood, the bottom half of his face was completely covered in blood; he was bleeding badly from his lip. He had clearly been badly beaten.”
An hour later, the three members of the Crimson Tide allegedly did it again. Both men were beaten unconscious with “excessive force:” punched and kicked about the body and face, say police reports.
Both students were robbed as well: One losing a backpack with an Apple MacBook computer, the other his wallet.
Police arrested Tyler Hayes, Eddie Williams, Dennis Pettway in connection with the beating, and Brent Calloway for using a debit card stolen during the robbery.
All four are freshman and were among the most heavily recruited high school seniors in the country. Three had extensive playing time this year, Williams was a redshirt. Calloway has a previous arrest for possession of marijuana in the fall of 2011 while he was a redshirt freshman.
Three of the players confessed to the involvement in the beating and robbery. But Calloway is taking a harder line on Twitter: “first it wasn’t a credit card and 2 I wasn’t even awake during the robbery you don’t kno what happened so dont try me dude,” he said using the moniker @HoneyBear#21.
All four have been suspended from the team.
Parents and high school coaches were shocked: Greg Seibert coached the 6-foot-2-inch, 285 pound Pettway at Pensacola Catholic High School. He told al.com:
“There are times that in the maturation process we thought he would be a little more vocal, a little more bringing people along with him. He’s got a little bit of immaturity in him that would lead him – if he’s around people that have some dominant personalities – into situations that are negative. About 95 percent of the time, he was OK. There’s 5 percent where he would talk too much in class or be late or something like that. Nothing that ever rose to the level of what we’re dealing with today.”
One of the four was arrested the day before for carrying a loaded pistol without a permit. Eddie Williams was arguing over charges for gas at a local convenience store and was “acting erratic” when the attendant called police and they found the weapon. He was charged and released after posting $500 bond.
Williams was the only one of the four without extensive playing time on this year’s national championship team.
These two versions of the Knockout Game are just the latest of more than 450 examples of black mob violence in more than 85 cities over the last three years documented in the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.”
Earlier this season, members of the University of Pittsburgh football game were arrested following a similar incident. And in August, a leading candidate for the Heisman trophy saw his championship dreams shattered when he was a victim of a Knockout Game attack at the University of Wisconsin.
Students are trying to make sense out of it. Several of those who commented on the attack at local news sites observed that the beating was just another example of racial violence that is often unreported or ignored.
Others said race had nothing to do with it: “Every culture commits crimes,” said David Claussen. “Open your eyes and quit being a racist.”
But even before the wounds healed, the pleas entered or the sentences handed down, some Tide fans were pleading for mercy. After all, writes Alex Scarborough for ESPN, Ray Lewis came back after being involved in a double murder. So why not these four?
It was a short-sighted decision that got the players into this mess. Is it really smart to make the same mistake twice? Would it not be wise to take a step back, examine all the options and find a solution that would benefit both the player and the program?
Critics said dismissing the suspended players would be nothing more than an attempt to save face by the university. It would serve the image and not the individual.
The Baltimore Ravens never backed away from Ray Lewis when he was implicated in a murder investigation. He went on to become the face of the franchise, winning two Super Bowls while developing into a spiritual mentor to countless professional athletes.
Others pointed out this could have been the most pointless robbery in history: The athletic dorms are always stocked with free food. And, said another Tide fan at al.com:
“I bet the poor guy would have taken them to Red Lobster, just so he could tweet that he just ate lobster with Eddie Williams, Tyler Hayes, D.J. Pettway, and Brent Calloway.”