‘Fight for them:’ VSU parents urge university following football fight involving WSSU QB
ETTRICK, Va. (WTVR) — The parents of Virginia State University football players who attended a university press conference regarding a fight involving a football player and the subsequent cancellation of this weekend’s CIAA title game did not seem satisfied with the actions of both league and university officials.
“Under our system of jurisprudence, a person is innocent until proven guilty. How many people are there on a football team? Why did the whole football team have to be penalized for the actions of one person?” one parent asked Virginia State University President Keith Miller and VSU Athletic Direction Peggy Davis during the press conference that, at times, more resembled an open forum.
“That’s a great question, of which I don’t have the answer to,” President Miller replied. “I think the CIAA needs to answer that question. We’re as frustrated as anyone. We’re as dismayed as anyone.”
University officials said they planned to launch a full investigation into Friday’s events and that they looked forward to the facts coming out.
On Friday, VSU backup running back Lamont Darnell Britt, 22, of Portsmouth, Va., was charged with assault and inflicting serious injury in an attack on Winston-Salem State quarterback Rudy Johnson at a luncheon earlier that afternoon. Britt has been suspended indefinitely. On Saturday, CIAA officials ruled Virginia State as ineligible for the entire 2013 postseason.
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