posted at 2/21/2013 6:02 PM EST
Russ - here's the account from your newspaper
According to the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star, Ben Samani, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nebraska, testified Thursday that Dennard “shouldered” him as the two crossed O Street in opposite directions as the area’s bars were letting out for the night.
Dennard was a standout for the Cornhuskers and was reportedly celebrating on the night of the incident, just days before he was to be selected in the NFL draft.
“My first reaction was to push off [Dennard],” Samani said.
The cornerback swung at Samani, punching him in the chest, but he said it wasn’t a hard punch.
Initially Samani said he didn’t feel any pain, but later testified that he felt slight pain that lasted just a couple of seconds. Samani said right after Dennard’s punch he was blindsided by someone else, who is unknown at this point, which left him with a bloody mouth and three of his teeth pushed back.
Clearly Dennard did hit Samani, per the testimony. Someone else may have hit him as well, but Samani said Dennard hit him.
Further, police testified that there were issues going on before this altercation, that the police told Dennard to leave, and as he was leaving, he had the altercation with Samani.
Russ, sometimes I don't know what you read or if you read at all or if you are really just so mentally blind that you can't see facts unless they fit your perspective. Whatever it is, I recommend change.
I don't know Dennard. Maybe he's not a bad guy. But he was out with friends and family. How many times have we heard about friends and family causing problems for athletes? plenty.
There were issues already occuring involving Dennard and/or his entourage causing the police presence before the altercation. Dennard chose to insert himself into a situation, and based on what I read, make some stupid decisions with his hands. Clearly he was upset. Alcohol probably fueled the poor decision making and emotions. Dennard knew police were around, but he still threw punches. Bad idea. Worse that one of the people he threw a punch at happened to be one of those cops.