A college football star is reportedly on the mend after nearly losing his eye in a fight with an MMA-trained man earlier this month in Norman, Oklahoma.
Police are investigating after Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Spencer Jones was brutally beaten in a video that quickly went viral after it was posted last Friday.
Jones and another man appear to instigate the fight, cursing and shoving two other men. After the other man pushes one of the two men away, Jones is quickly beaten and taken to the ground. The man who hit Jones knocks him down and sets him up for a rear choke. The man who pushed him is strangled by the other man, who is wearing a hat.
According to OUDaily, Jones’ attorney said Jones had to reconstruct his left orbital bone in a four-hour surgery after receiving multiple blows to the face during the altercation, which was reported to police on Tuesday, February 16. Jones’ attorney, Woodrow “Woody” Glass, said the soccer player was trying to be a “peacemaker” when the fight occurred.
“I was trying to reduce that situation,” Glass said. “But unfortunately, the intensity did not decrease despite his best efforts, and he became a victim of this brutal assault that you have seen.”
After the video was posted, a man identified on Twitter as Braden Brown responded and wrote that he and his brother were involved in the fight and defended their actions.
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.
– Braden Brown (@bbrownfr) February 20, 2021
“WE ARE NOT fighters in any college, we’ve been fighting since we were wearing diapers and MMA / Cage Fighting since we were 12,” Brown wrote. “Unfortunately, we were given no options. We show restraint. “
Brown declined to comment when contacted by MMA Fighting.
According to a police report obtained by MMA Fighting, two counts of battery and battery are under investigation, and all parties to the alleged incident have been identified. The officer assigned to the case contacted Jones. No arrests have been made in the case, according to TMZ.
Several MMA fighters weighed in on the video, including Ben Askren, who said he was overwhelmed with the messages. Askren is preparing for a boxing match with YouTube star Jake Paul.
Jones, a red-jersey senior, was an All-Big 12 first-team academic honoree and appeared in all 11 OU games in 2020.