An Eastern Kentucky University football player was badly injured over the weekend in a fight at a bar in Madison County.
The incident happened around 1:00 a.m. Sunday inside of JerZees in Richmond. The owner of JerZees told LEX 18′s Josh Breslow that Colton Scurry, a 20-year-old EKU offensive lineman was “roughed up pretty good.”
“My boyfriend’s a bouncer there,” Alex Carpenter, an EKU student told LEX 18. “He just said that it was 3 UK players who jumped one of our Eastern football players. And they broke a bottle over his face. They had to take him to the hospital. He had to get some stitches in his face.”
Colton Scurry tweeted Monday night: “The two most important days in your life is the day you were born and the day you find out why, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
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Jeff Scurry, Colton’s dad, was reluctant to discuss the incident that caused his son’s injuries, but two EKU students who described the scene at Jerzees in Richmond said Scurry was the aggressor in the bar fight that they allege involved three University of Kentucky football players: Drew Barker, Dorian Baker and Tymere Dubose.
“We were in the back part of Jerzees,” said Will Ruholt, a friend of Barker’s from Conner High School. “A couple people started talking (abusively) and things started to get a little heated. Colton Scurry is the one who started the entire fight. He pushed me. Multiple people can verify that.”
Zach Littleton, an EKU sophomore who said he accompanied the UK players, also described Scurry as the instigator.
“I was actually pretty sober and I was watching everything that was going down,” Littleton said. “Basically what happened was a bunch of UK football players come in and all you hear is, ‘This is my neighborhood. What are you doing here?’
“I know if there’s any video, you’ll see I’m trying to defuse the situation. I was getting between them and saying, ‘Calm down. Calm down.’ (But) As soon as (Scurry) pushed Will, it was just a big mess. From what I saw, it wasn’t just Colton. I saw a bunch of people swinging for no reason.”
Ok well I know I always talk about how awesome college football rivalries and how the intense over the top passion of the fans is what makes it great, but here’s where the line comes in. When you can’t step foot in the same bar together for 5 seconds without somebody ending up with a broken bottle shoved through their skull. Like crazy fans covered in body paint, offensive signs, pranks, maybe some pushing and shoving at a tailgate, that’s all well and good. Perfectly in bounds. But fights with a player ending up laid up in the hospital with shards of Bud Light bottles in his eyeball is just stupid. It’s Eastern Kentucky vs Kentucky football here guys, not the end of the world if somebody wants to grab a drink at the bar you’re at.