CALIFORNIA, Pa. (KDKA) – Several members of the California University of Pennsylvania football team have been arrested and charged in connection with a violent incident in California Borough, Washington County.
Police say they beat and stomped a man outside an off-campus restaurant, then fled yelling “Football strong!” The victim was in intensive care Friday with severe brain trauma.
A witness tells KDKA the players jumped another man outside the restaurant, and beat him up. KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti reports sources say the victim was stomped on until he lost consciousness.
The victim, identified as 30-year-old Lewis Campbell, was flown to Allegheny General Hospital, where he remains in the ICU with a severe brain injury.
The five players arrested have been identified as James Williamson, Corey Ford, Jonathan Barlow, Rodney Gillin, and D’Andre Dunkley.
The University also announced that Saturday’s game against Gannon University has been cancelled.
“Football strong!”??? Seriously, they yelled that? Like unironically? So weird. Don’t know what’s the worst part of the story, stomping a dude out and putting him in the ICU with brain damage, or yelling cringeworthy catchphrases from the Friday Night Lights’ script cutting room floor. Group of upstanding citizens right here making the California University of Pennsylvania football program proud.