Virginia State hires lawyer to investigate WSSU QB beating

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RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia State University has hired a lawyer to investigate the fight that led to the cancellation of the CIAA championship football game and also to the university being banned from postseason play.

A release posted on VSU’s website Wednesday states that the school has retained sports and entertainment attorney Robert Clayton of the Washington, D.C., law firm Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP.

“We are committed to uncovering the facts surrounding this incident,” VSU President Keith T. Miller said in the release. He also said that Clayton’s investigation should take no more than two weeks.

A VSU football player was arrested in Winston-Salem and the CIAA championship football game was cancelled after WSSU quarterback Rudy Johnson was apparently assaulted in the bathroom during a league luncheon.

Johnson has said as many as six VSU players attacked him during the luncheon Nov. 15, the day before the scheduled championship contest.

Virginia State running back Lamont Daniel Britt was charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury. VSU coach Latrell Scott has said that four other players were questioned after the fight.

WTVR and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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