An Oklahoma Sooners football player nearly lost his eye after fighting in a bar with a man who had spent years training as an MMA fighter.
A video that began circulating on social media Friday night shows Spencer Jones apparently initiating a confrontation with another man in the bathroom of Logies on the Corner, a bar near the Sooners football stadium.
Most of what is said before the fight is indecipherable. OU Daily reports that the fight took place late on February 13 or early February 14.
At some point, someone says ‘Look at me bitch!’
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Spencer Jones (left) was taking a beating in an Oklahoma bar
After challenging Braden Brown (above), Brown attacked Jones and knocked him to the ground.
Jones then appears to push the man he is facing, who takes a breath before suddenly crying to the soccer player.
He quickly takes him to the ground and keeps attacking Jones.
The person recording the video apparently offers comments at all times, calling the fight “funny” when the man in cowboy boots locks Jones in a guillotine.
‘Play off, you son of a bitch,’ he says at one point. Meanwhile, a simultaneous fight breaks out alongside the two men.
Brown’s punch was probably the moment that seriously damaged Jones’s left eye.
Brown used his experience in MMA to put Jones in a guillotine position on the bathroom floor.
Brown claims that he (and his brother) showed restraint, whereas here he does restraint.
‘All of you motherfuckers aren’t playing games,’ the narrator says after the other fight results in someone being slammed into the wall.
Braden Brown identified himself and his brother on Twitter as the fighters after the video began circulating.
‘Just to get rid of the misconceptions, I’m the guy with the hat and that’s my brother. WE ARE NOT fighters in any university, we have been fighting since we were in diapers and MMA / Cage Fighting since we were 12 years old. Unfortunately, we were not given options. We show restraint, ” Brown said.
After the fight, Jones, whose attorney said Jones was “trying to be a peacemaker,” turned to the athletic coaches of his soccer program for help.
After the swelling around Jones’ left eye subsided, he underwent a four-hour outpatient surgery on February 16, which involved reconstruction of his orbital cavity.
‘Dr. Brooks came out of that surgery saying that he’s extraordinarily lucky right now, that he’s lucky that he didn’t lose his eye completely, ” said Woody Glass, Jones’ attorney.
Jones clearly didn’t know what he was getting into when he chose this fight
Meanwhile, Brown’s brother also got into the fight and attacked Jones’ partner.
“ So he was able to do a few things surgically to reconstruct that orbital cavity and he thinks eventually everything will go back to normal, but it will take a while for him to fully recover. ”
A police investigation is under way into the matter.
“He was trying to alleviate that situation,” Glass told OU Daily. “But sadly, the intensity was not reduced despite his best efforts, and he became a victim of this brutal assault you’ve seen.”
Jones, an award-winning Oklahoma football program starter, required surgery to repair his left eye. The fight remains under investigation and Jones has retained legal counsel.
Jones, a wide receiver and keeper from Nashville, transferred to the Oklahoma program after previously being in the Liberty University program.
He was an honoree from the All-Big 12 Academic First Team last season. He also won the Mortell Holder of the Year Award after serving as the starter for all spot kicks throughout the course of the season.
Sports Illustrated reports that Jones is ready to take advantage of the eligibility waiver granted to all fall NCAA athletes and return for another season.