Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Brawl at B'skis

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Officials are investigating reports that UNC athletes were involved in a fight in a Franklin Street restaurant early Sunday.

Police said the athletes could have been UNC football players, but couldn’t confirm that fact.

Athletics department spokesman Steve Kirschner said his office has received a report of the involvement of a student athlete.

No charges had been filed as of 3:30 p.m. Monday.

The fight, which Chapel Hill Police Capt. Bob Overton described as “an all-out brawl,” occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday at BSki’s restaurant.

There was some pushing and shoving towards the front of the restaurant as multiple groups of people came in, said sophomore Clay Macfarlane, who was sitting at a table in the middle of the room.

The restaurant was packed, said first-year Lex-Jordan Ibegbu.

“There were so many people in there you couldn’t walk,” Ibegbu said.

Then, suddenly, a man turned around and swung at another man nearby, Macfarlane said.

“At which point it seemed like everyone started going at it,” Macfarlane said.

He ran from the restaurant with his friends. “I got out of there pretty quickly,” Macfarlane said.

People threw chairs and caused a total of $200 in damage to chairs and railings in the restaurant, he said.

A large crowd of people were running out of the restaurant when several police officers responded.

There were no serious injuries in the incident.

Initial reports stated that Stefon Janale Williams, a Durham resident, had his $10,000 gold chain stolen.

But police have since determined that it was just lost during the fight. Williams would not comment further on what he called “just a scuffle.”

Police said that they’re still investigating what started the brawl.

“A lot of people don’t want to talk about it,” Overton said.

Kirschner said University officials are looking into the incident but do not have names of anyone who was involved.

“We have very basic information at this point,” he said.

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