Oregon Football Players Being Investigated By Police After Annihilating Some Dude With Snow During Campus Snowball Fight
Daily Emerald - A video submitted by Tommy Pittenger, a multimedia producer for the Emerald’s Venture Department, shows University of Oregon students pelting cars with snowballs and dumping a bucket of snow on Sherwin Simmons, a retired UO professor, in front of the Erb Memorial Union, after Friday’s snowball fight was released yesterday.
What started as a friendly snowball fight organized by the UO football team at 12:40 p.m. on Friday Dec. 6 escalated hours later.A statement fromPaul Shang, the UO dean of students, has been released in regards to the snowball incident stating that the University of Oregon’s Police Department is currently investigating the incident and will determine whether or not the actions of the students involved constitute a criminal act.
“Consequences are clear for those whose actions reflect poorly upon the university or violate its standards for student behavior,” Shang wrote in the release. “However, until the facts of the snowball-throwing incident are sorted out, it would be premature to speculate about any potential outcomes in this case.”
Oregon offensive lineman Andre Yruretagoyena tweeted: “Embarrassed by the video I just watched. That’s not all of us, sending the sincerest apologies.”
A photo posted by Register-Guard photographer Chris Pietsch shows UO tight end Pharaoh Brown dumping a bucket of snow on another student. The viral video shows someone wearing the same outfit using a similar looking bucket to dump snow on the driver of the car.
The snowball fight turned rowdy by 3 p.m., according to UO student Liana Lis. “At the time I had been in the snowball fight it was totally fun and it was cool because the people were there who wanted to participate,” Lis said. “But then they started throwing it at cars and I had the gut instinct that it was just wrong and it got uncomfortable.”
A petition has been created by a non-UO student to “pressure UO to condemn and carry out deep disciplinary action against all those who participated in snow-fighting frenzy.” Reddit users are accusing what they believe to be the UO football players of “committing assault/battery, and vandalism.”
Well that escalated quickly huh? From a friendly schoolyard snowball fight to internet charges of snow assault and battery. Little bit of harmless messing around in the fresh snowfall like every 8 year old in the country does ends up with a bunch of dickbags massacring some poor bastard’s face in with buckets of ice. Kind of like a metaphor for the Oregon season I guess. Started off so promising and ended up with a bunch of guys talking shit and being assholes.
And I’m not even going to take the Pussification route here because frankly that video pissed me off too. I mean a police investigation and petition to have everyone in the snowball fight arrested and charged with vandalism is a little much, but I wouldn’t hate the biggest shitheads in the video getting in a little bit of trouble*. How this dude didn’t brush his windshield off, hop back in his car, and leisurely run every single one of those students over with his car then throw it in reverse and do it again is kind of baffling.
*Looking at you dude.