Colorado State players charged in beating

By | April 27, 2012

Above are two of the victims of a “savage beating” that took place in Fort Collins, Colorado that involved 3 Colorado State football players.

“It wasn’t really much of a fight. It was basically just a beating,” said freshman John ‘JD’ Haley, 19, who suffered a black eye, cuts and bruises while trying to protect his friend during the attack. “I’ve never seen anyone so mad, so violent. The kid was on a rampage.”

Fort Collins police apparently asked that the attackers be identified to the public while the criminal investigation is ongoing, but said the rest of team has been offering apologies.

Police responding to the call near the intersection of LaPorte Avenue and Shields Street Friday night were told by dispatchers that someone called 911 to report he and his friends had just been beaten up by a bunch of football players.

Haley and friend Donny Gocha were left bleeding with chipped teeth and taken to Poudre Valley Hospital, along with their other two friends who suffered lesser injuries. After hours in the hospital, and with his arms still bearing the marks where IVs were inserted, Gocha’s eyes are swollen nearly shut, and he has a shoeprint stamped onto his back. Haley suffered his injuries trying to protect Gocha.

Jim McElwain announced that juniors Nordly Capi, Mike Orakpo, and Colton Paulhus have been suspended from the team for violating team rules. McElwain told reporters not to contact the players without his permission.

CSU football player Trey Cassidy posted the following on Facebook:

“Well first off, I want to apologize for what my teammates have done to three students last night. I just talked to the students who were assaulted. I hang out in their hall regularly and do not believe that there is any hostility between us,” Cassidy wrote Saturday on a Facebook group where Haley had posted photos of his injuries. “I figured everyone else should know that not everyone on the team are like these athletes that get into fights every other weekend. But it is this select few … that get the rest of us labeled as a group, you would assume that everyone on campus would realize this. But let’s face reality people, some people are going to label the entire team as hot headed people that can’t be trusted.”

Cassidy later added: “A group of football players jumped a few students, I am not allowed to really get into it but I can say they are currently suspended.”

He took them down later.

“You could just tell they were looking for a fight,” Haley said. “They just started beating the back of Donny’s head in.”

“I covered Donny’s head with my body,” Haley said. “We were all scared for his life. It froze me. You can’t really put into words how disturbing it was. My only thought was to protect his head.”

Police said the fight started when a group of four to eight people were kicked out of a party in southwest Fort Collins that the players were attending.