Ugly, strange story out of Stillwater, Okla., today as Jamie Blatnick, a starting defensive end on the Oklahoma State football team, has been cited, “for felony aggravated assault and battery following an alleged fight with a former teammate inside a local bar.”
(Blatnick and Denning)
From Oklahoma City’s DAILY OKLAHOMAN:
According to a news release issued by the Stillwater Police Department, witnesses told officers that Blatnick fought with former Cowboy Stephen Denning inside J.R. Murphy’s, a club located at 306 S. Washington, starting the scuffle by striking Denning in the face with a beer bottle.
Denning, a former offensive lineman who completed his eligibility in 2008 and graduated this year, was taken by police officers to the hospital, where he was treated for a fractured orbital socket. In addition, he required several stitches to his left upper eyelid and upper cheekbone.
In the release, officers reported that Denning was “bleeding profusely” from a cut on his left eye.
Denning was also cited for a misdemeanor complaint of assault after he “forced his way through several officers in an attempt to continue the fight.”
Denning was eventually tasered.
“Several” witnesses claimed that Blatnick instigated the fight, but the cause of the altercation isn’t known.
Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State have yet to comment.
While some might expect Gundy to come down hard on Blatnick, who was one of three Cowboys who recently represented Oklahoma State at Big 12 media day, the heat the coach is feeling from uber-booster T. Boone Pickens may mitigate Blatnik’s off-field punishment from the school.
Though from the police report I somehow doubt that as it pertains to Blatnick, the Stillwater district attorney will be satisfied with gassers.