Rival accused of assaulting WSSU quarterback out of jail

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A Winston-Salem State University Police officer escorts Virginia State University football player Lamont Britt into the magistrates's office Friday. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Virginia State University football player charged with assaulting the Winston-Salem State quarterback at an awards luncheon on Friday is no longer in jail.

Backup running back Lamont Darnell Britt, 22, of Portsmouth, Va., is  charged with assault and inflicting serious injury in an attack on Winston-Salem State quarterback Rudy Johnson.

The incident led to the cancellation of the much-talked about CIAA football championship game scheduled for Saturday between Winston-Salem State and Virginia State. On Saturday, CIAA officials ruled Virginia State as ineligible for the 2013 postseason.

 

Lt. Henry Gray of the Winston-Salem State University Police said Britt assaulted Johnson by hitting Johnson in the face and head, according to the arrest warrant.

The assault happened in the  bathroom at an awards luncheon in the Anderson Center on the Winston-Salem State campus.

Johnson had a swollen eye and a laceration above his eye, the warrant said.

Britt was being held Friday night in the Forsyth County Jail with his bond set at $7,500. A jail spokesman said he was no longer being held on Saturday afternoon.

Details of his release were not immediately available.

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