Mississippi State freshman offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins was arrested last Thursday by campus police for simple assault.
On Tuesday, SB Nation reported that two other freshmen football players – safety Brandon Bryant and defensive lineman Grant Harris – were to blame according to the victim James Meyers, a junior student at MSU, and his attorney Rocky Wilkins.
According Meyers, Jenkins was present when the incident took place it was Bryant and Harris that were the perpetrators.
On March 2, an affidavit was signed in Oktibbeha County Justice Court against Bryant who allegedly caused bodily harm to Meyers
“by striking him with a snowball in the face”. Two days later another affidavit was signed against Harris for felony assault claiming he punched Meyers “in the face causing a contusion to his right eye, a fractured nose and several fractured teeth”.
Mississippi State issued a statement Tuesday morning on the matter.
“While Mississippi State University normally does not comment on legal matters, a post today on the website SB Nation merits a response.
The post, which contains factual errors that call into question the credibility of the overall post, in great measure represents only the claims and assertions of the personal injury attorney and fails on a number of levels to accurately portray the actions of the university, the MSU Police Department, the MSU Athletics Department and our students.
At this point, there exists significant confusion as to the actual facts of this incident. The university will continue to interact appropriately with law enforcement and the judicial system as these facts are sorted out in a manner that protects the rights of all MSU students.
On March 4, 2015, MSU received notification of a potential civil legal claim from a Jackson personal injury lawyer regarding activities subsequent to an apparent snowball fight among MSU students on the evening of Feb. 25, 2015.
MSU, our university police, our Athletics Department and all others in a position of authority have fully cooperated in this ongoing investigation and will continue to do so. Claims to the contrary simply are not accurate.
The university will not be drawn into a scenario of litigating this matter in the press or online and will have no additional comment on this matter at this time.”
Like Jenkins, both Bryant and Harris redshirted this past season for the Bulldogs. Bryant is from Tunica and Harris hails from Bolton.