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Six Lehigh University football players have been charged with criminal trespassing, while another faces burglary and assault after police say they broke into an off-campus house and roughed up a sleeping resident. The attack was led by defensive back Brian Githens shortly before 3 a.m. on November 8th in retaliation of his fraternity president getting jumped. There was only one problem. Githens and company were in the wrong house.
From Lehigh Valley Live:
He allegedly punched the student repeatedly and also punched holes in the wall of the home. The student suffered a concussion and a busted lip. He was treated at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill for his injuries.
The next, court records say, Githens admitted targeting the wrong house; the victim had nothing to do with the fraternity president’s assault, records say.
Githens, in his interviews with police, identified the other players as participants in the home invasion, but noted that he was the only one who actually attacked the victim, court records say.
The others just stood by and yelled during the attack, court records say. [Another player] also urinated in a refrigerator in the home, the records show, but he is not criminally charged with anything other than trespass.
Authorities have not identified the fraternity involved, but Lehigh’s student newspaper, The Brown & White, has reported that Githens was a member of Chi Psi.
I’m not sure who I feel for more in this situation — the poor unsuspecting, sleeping victim, or the guys just trying to get some retribution for their buddy. On one hand, they kicked down the kid’s door, jabbed holes in the wall, put him back to sleep with a few combo punches, and peed in his fucking fridge, essentially pulling a “Woo from the Big Lebowski.” That refrigerator really tied the kitchen together, did it not?
But at the same token, how embarrassing was it for those football players once they had the realization that it was the wrong guy? Now they could potentially get the boot from the team, and maybe even the university, and they didn’t even pummel the right dude. Tough sledding all around in Bethlehem..
[via Lehigh Valley Live]
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