If you google Bash Riprock’s bar in Lubbock you will see the tag line, ‘Where the fun never stops’. Well, the fun was stopped early Saturday morning as police responded to a bar fight. The fight carried into the street, and at least one unnamed Texas Tech football players is accused as the aggressor. The player’s name has been redacted from the police report as he has yet to be charged with a crime, but early reports paint an ugly scene.
According to the police report, the unnamed player and the alleged victim were in Bash Riprock’s bar when the Texas Tech player attempted to get the victim’s attention. The player allegedly became angry when the victim couldn’t hear him over the sound of the music playing in the bar. The player eventually grabbed the victim by the shirt and forced him outside.
Once outside the player, along with at least a couple of friends that followed them outside, began assaulting the victim, eventually knocking him out, but it didn’t end there.
Police were told a second man, also listed in the report as a victim, was standing outside of the bar when he attempted to light a cigarette.
At this point, the suspect allegedly slapped the man in the face, knocking the cigarette out of his mouth.
When a third person in the group attempted to hand the second person a cigarette, the second person reportedly broke it and handed it back to the third person who then threw it toward the suspect.
At this point, the suspect allegedly confronted the third person, prompting a verbal argument between the two, followed by the suspect punching the third person in the face.
When the first listed victim’s girlfriend ran to check on the third person, a large crowd gathered and the woman dropped to the ground and the third person tried to shield her as the suspect and two others assaulted the first victim.
At this point, the suspect and two others reportedly began assaulting the third person and the woman, hitting them with “upper-cut” style punches.
In total, it appears there are four victims with one victim being a female and the girlfriend of the first victim. The police report indicates that at least three of the four victims had visible injury. The second victim listed had left the scene before he could be observed by officers. The female victim had noticeable bruising under her right eye.
The incident mirrors an incident in Norman, Oklahoma involving Sooner running back Joe Mixon. Mixon got into an altercation with a female while out with friends prior to his freshman year. He ended up punching the female, causing her significant facial injury. Coach Bob Stoops’ decision to keep Mixon on the team drew nation-wide scrutiny throughout Mixon’s entire career at Oklahoma. It may be due to that scrutiny that days later, the player’s name has still not been released in this incident.
The allegations are damning, but it is important to remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Eventually the name will be released and coach Kingsbury will have a decision to make. If he hasn’t made it already.
“We have been made aware of an alleged incident Friday night. We are gathering facts at this time,” Texas Tech Senior Associate Athletics Director Robert Giovannetti said in a statement released by Texas Tech.