Interesting discussion on the Finebaum radio network yesterday afternoon. Paul welcomed the attorney for Decari Jenkins, the Auburn student beaten by Auburn running back Eric Smith in August at party taking place at a hotel in Auburn. Allegedly, Jenkins was approached by Smith “and other Auburn players” and assaulted inside the hotel. A friend was reported to have been struck and left unconcious by “another Auburn football player”. Then as Jenkins retreated from his attacker, Smith followed him outside, struck Jenkins from behind (in the back of the head), then kicked him as he lay unconscious,Â bleedingÂ on the pavement.
Jenkins’ attorney, Wendy Crew,Â contends in their lawsuit filed in Federal court in Montgomery that other players were also involved, and thatÂ several Auburn students will testify of this kind of activity taking place on a regularÂ basis involving Auburn athletes. There was anÂ indication in the interview thatÂ the students who will give a deposition believeÂ that a faction of Tiger players, calling themselves “The SWAG” engage in this kind of ganglike activity, and that these kind of incidents seem to just “go away” in Auburn.
Smith’s victim, Decori Jenkins, was a fifth-yearÂ engineering student. The suit claims that he has permanent facial scarring and suffers from Post Concussion Syndrome, affecting his ability to complete college. Smith was suspended for one game and welcomed back on the team. Most disturbing perhaps is Smith’s apparent belief that he could beat Jenkins in the mannerÂ in whichÂ he did outside the Lexington Hotel, in front of four Auburn police officers, then casually walk away. He was arrested immediately by the officers, butÂ charged with disorderly conduct (not assault and battery), and was later granted youthful offender status. Further, the case was sealed and cannot be re-opened.Â Â
What madeÂ Smith so confident he could perform such a heinousÂ act 20 feet away from police officers?