Ole Miss DE Robert Nkemdiche, the consensus #1 football recruit in the class of 2013, has been named in a $2 million lawsuit related to a fight that occurred at a frat party last February.
Nkemdiche's older brother Denzel (also a football player for Ole Miss) is the main defendant in the suit. Denzel Nkemdiche is currently suspended from the team following an unrelated arrest this past weekend for disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.
The plaintiff alleges that Denzel Nkemdiche and five other football players (including Robert) beat him viciously as a frat party was dispersing one year ago.
According to the lawsuit, a fight broke out during a party at the Kappa Alpha house at around 11:45 pm on February 17th, 2013. Fraternity members then tried to clear out the party, and according to the plaintiff, an unprovoked Denzel Nkemdiche punched him in the back of the head as he and a friend tried to leave.
The plaintiff was immediately knocked unconscious, but he alleges that Denzel Nkemdiche, Robert (who was still in high school at the time) and four members of the Ole Miss football team then proceeded to kick and stomp on him as he was passed out on the ground.
According to the suit, the plaintiff suffered a broken eardrum and other severe damage to his ear canal, then suffered a seizure before being taken to the emergency room by an ambulance. At the ER, he was treated for several injuries, including the severe injury to his head.
The plaintiff is seeking two million dollars in damages for battery, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Fox Sports reached out to Ole Miss for comment, and the university responded:
“When this alleged incident occurred, the proper authorities investigated the matter and could find no evidence of wrong-doing related to Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche or any other members of our football program. This is a personal matter for them and we will support Denzel and Robert while they defend themselves in this civil case.”