A March 29 police report (pdf link) filed by the Athens (GA) Police Department accuses four “UGA football players” of simple battery and “terroristic threats or acts“.
The accusers are a married couple named Hutson and Meghan Vann. Both are Univ. of Georgia students. The accused, also identified in the police report as “four black males,” have not yet officially been linked to the Georgia football team by police.
Jacob Demmitt of the independent daily Univ. of Georgia RED & BLACK reported of the alleged incident this week:
Two University students learned this weekend that getting a safe ride home can sometimes be dangerous. According to the Athens-Clarke County Police report, a married University couple fell victim to simple battery and terroristic threats on March 29 as they rode to their home in an A&A Taxi at 2:04 a.m.
“None of us were particularly drunk,” witness to the incident Brent Borganmeister told The Red & Black Wednesday. “We got the cab more just out of convenience.” On the way home, Borganmeister said the taxi then stopped to pick up four individuals who “apparently knew the cab driver.”
As the individuals entered the cab and sat down behind the victims, the offenders were reportedly eating bratwursts. A male victim then commented on the bratwursts, saying they smelled good, and he asked how much they cost.
One of the individuals then responded, “Shut up you stupid white racist,” according to the report.
“That was their immediate response,” Borganmeister said. “My first impression was they’re just drunk and playing around. I didn’t know it would go to that effect. They began playing off each other with one guy as the main instigator. But not once did any of us curse, threaten anyone or raise our voice.”
One of the individuals reportedly then struck the male victim in the back of the head. The male turned around to face the assailants and was told “to turn around if he wanted to live,” according to the report.
The male then faced forward and put his arm around his wife. After one of the individuals struck the male again, his wife reportedly turned around and told them to stop. One of the passengers then slapped the wife.
“It was an open-handed slap that made audible noise,” Borganmeister said. “It was loud enough where I could hear it in the front seat.”
As the taxi continued to drive the passengers home, the individuals then began making obscene comments toward the wife.
According to the report they stated, “Do you want some black dick?” and “We’ll put you on a swing, gang bang you.”
Borganmeister, however, told The Red & Black the individuals said, “Do y’all swing?” and “Ever had any black dick before?”
The taxi then dropped the four unknown individuals off at East Campus Village.
Today I spoke to public information officer Hilda Sorrow of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department about the case. Sorrow said, “There has been a detective assigned to the case and an investigation is ongoing.”
Sorrow added that there have been no arrests made in the case nor has it been determined if the four black males identified in the police report were indeed Georgia football players.
Univ. of Georgia Assistant Sports Communications Director Leland Barrow also told me today that the school was aware of the police report but won’t comment publicly “until the investigation is complete.“