It was just another Knockout Game except for one thing: The assailants in this black mob were all members of Alabama’s national championship football team.
The rules for the Knockout Game are simple: First, start with a crowd of black people. Then, find a white person. Beat him until he is unconscious. Or until your arms and legs get tired. Repeat as desired. Some people keep score. Others yell “Knockout Game” and laugh.
Victims report hundreds of examples of it around the country over the last three years.
This version took place – twice – late Sunday night on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Samuel Jergens was returning to his dorm when three black men asked if they could borrow a lighter.
That is the last thing he remembers before waking up on the sidewalk, bloody, with head injuries and bruises.
His friend Chris Burks told the campus paper: “His left side of his face was gigantic. The jacket he was wearing and his headphones were completely drenched in blood, the bottom half of his face was completely covered in blood; he was bleeding badly from his lip. He had clearly been badly beaten.”
An hour later, the three members of the Crimson Tide allegedly did it again. Both men were beaten unconscious with “excessive force:” punched and kicked about the body and face, say police reports.
Both students were robbed as well: One losing a backpack with an Apple MacBook computer, the other his wallet.
Police arrested Tyler Hayes, Eddie Williams, Dennis Pettway in connection with the beating, and Brent Calloway for using a debit card stolen during the robbery.
All four are freshman and were among the most heavily recruited high school seniors in the country. Three had extensive playing time this year, Williams was a redshirt. Calloway has a previous arrest for possession of marijuana in the fall of 2011 while he was a redshirt freshman.
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Boxer Manny Pacquiao has shocked the sports with the announcement that he will no longer fight in Las Vegas — or any U.S. city, for that matter — because federal taxes have become too burdensome.
Obviously, this means he won’t be fighting Juan Manuel Marquez in September at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as originally planned.
“But while promoter Bob Arum wanted it to happen, Pacquiao is now calling it a ‘no go’ due to the 39.6 tax hit he would take from the federal government [emphasis added],” the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard notes.
The Grover Norquist-founded Americans for Tax Reform weighed in on the Pacquiao exodus.
“Pacquiao’s concerns lie with the federal income tax. As Nevada is one of the nine states that do not have an income tax, Las Vegas has grown to become the home for major bouts because fighters do not have to worry about the state taking a bite out of their winnings or purse,” they told Bedard.
“Unfortunately, Nevada’s economic benefit is now overshadowed by the federal income tax rate,” the group added.
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Democrats in Missouri introduced startling anti-gun legislation that would require gun owners to hand over their legally purchased so-called “assault weapons” to “the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction” within 90 days.
Under the proposed bill, “Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution.”
Here are some additional provisions found in the gun control bill:
(1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri;
(2) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or
(3) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations.
5. Unlawful manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale, or transfer of an assault weapon or a large capacity magazine is a class C felony.
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