WSSU Quarterback, Rudy Johnson: VSU Players Talked Trash

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  • Lamont Britt, VSU Football Player (Photo: Forsyth Co. Jail)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem State University's starting quarterback talked Monday about Friday's assault on campus.

In a news conference Monday afternoon, Rudy Johnson said the incident happened in a bathroom during a football banquet. 

He said players from Virginia Sate University were talking trash. Johnson told the VSU players that he didn't want to participate and that he would do his talking on the field.

He said that's when he was washing his hands and someone from VSU tapped him on the shoulder and and at least two players hit him. Johnson said his ribs are still sore and one of his eyes is still swollen.

WSSU chancellor Donald Reaves said at Monday's news conference that VSU's coach was the only person there to supervise the team. Reaves said he threatened to have the coach arrested Friday when he became "belligerent" during the luncheon, after the fight.

Reaves told the media that the incident was a loss for everyone. The city, fans and hotels lost money: nobody got to see a championship game.

Reaves noted that this is not a school rivalry. The two schools haven't played each other in 10 years.

On Friday, WSSU said a VSU player admitted to participating in the assault. That player is now facing criminal charges. Investigators are working to identify other players who might have been involved.

VSU and WSSU were scheduled to play in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championship on Saturday. WSSU said Friday officials canceled the game.

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