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Film Room: Patrick Graffree’s punch on Drew Barker


In this week’s edition of Film Room, we will review the game tape from the melee at Telford Hall on Eastern Kentucky’s campus back in April. Gather around and take notes as we scout the Colonels for Saturday’s game.


Here we have the first look at the scene, featuring three University of Kentucky football players and several other young men inside the dorm’s lobby. The three UK players are visiting a female student, after leaving a fight with EKU football players inside a Richmond bar.

The Wildcats are severely outnumbered:


Drew Barker, Kentucky’s backup QB, approaches the front desk to speak to a female resident assistant. She hands him a blue card:


WHAT IS THE CARD?! Is it his credit card? A visitor pass? Maybe he bought that bag of food sitting on the desk:


Next, an unidentified man in a denim jack and burgundy pants approaches Barker. The two exchange unfriendly words:


Then, the savage steals the bag of food from the desk. At this point, we still don’t know if it is Barker’s food or if it belongs to the female behind the desk, or if it is even a bag of food at all.


Whatever it is, it was there long before the thief entered the picture:


EKU defensive lineman Patrick Graffree, upset over the bar fight, is now outside Telford Hall. It’s about to go down and this young man knows it. He gets into position to avoid any physical contact and to capture the moment for his SnapChat story. Smart play to reposition himself here:


Graffree enters the building in an I Can’t Breathe sweatshirt:


He does not wear the sweatshirt for long:


Graffree lays eyes on his target, Drew Barker, and then decides between two points of attack: the direct route, like a real man would do; or the coward route, a blindsiding approach to the unsuspecting Barker:


Graffree chooses the coward route:


Once in position, with a completely vulnerable Barker looking the opposite direction, Graffee lands a vicious suckerpunch, sending Barker to the ground:


Graffree immediately flees the scene, leaving Barker unconscious. Teammates Tymere Dubose and Dorian Baker do nothing:


Barker climbs to his feet without any assistance:


Baker pushes Barker aside to reach for Barker’s hat. Because, what are friends for?


A concussed Barker leads his group out of Telford Hall at the encouragement of bystanders:


Barker regrets going to the dorm after the bar, probably. Also probable: an awkward car ride home back to Lexington.


Next week on Film Room: Something from Saturday’s game. Hopefully not another fight.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

69 Comments for Film Room: Patrick Graffree’s punch on Drew Barker

  1. RadioShack Carl
    8:05 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    Why continue to drag out a moment that both young men are embarrassed about and attempting to move on from? I am sure you would enjoy your worst moment being played out in front of thousands while a man behind a keyboard orchestrates humorless jokes. Be better. An unfortunate night for both young men, both who deeply regret their actions. Let this story die. It’s been 5 months. This is just the epitome of the old ksr. Rather, post jokes about our football team than content. You are a true punk Franklin.

    • Drew Franklin
      8:11 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink


    • CW
      8:19 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

      The EKU player committed assault, and is still a Division 1 football player on scholarship. If the worst thing that happens to him is that he gets made fun of on KSR, then he’s extremely fortunate. Lighten up pal.

    • RadioShack Jeff
      8:30 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

      Why continue subject Drew to having to see himself be sucker-punched? Would you enjoy you being knocked out being joked about on a site that is a “supporter” of the program you are a part of?

    • CW
      9:05 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

      I’m sorry, has this been on the website every single day for the past 5-6 months? It’s the week of the EKU game, I think he would expect there to be re hashed coverage on the situation. And the guy got sucker punched, with the post clearly making fun of the EKU player. Why would he care?

    • Auntie Em Effer
      6:12 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      CW is right. And, Saturday,Pat Graffree along with his fellas need pay for multiple prior transgressions. It has been along time coming. Never forget; never forgive. Get better than even. Fug ’em up.

  2. SleepingWithMath
    8:09 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    I called to get a math tutor… But I ended buying a mattress… How in the..

  3. Clyde
    8:10 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    Under age student athletes leave a bar and visit dorm on rival campus.

    • Underage
      8:36 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

      Unless it has changed, the age to get in the bars in Richmond is 18. That is probably why they are there.

    • Winifred Bunch
      9:17 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      RivalL? RIVAL?!!!
      That’s a pathetic attempt at justifying a chicken-sh*t assault. I’m guessing what you meant was “a school in the same state.” But since when it is somehow verboten or unwise to “visit another school in the same state” to see some good friends you went to high school with?

  4. leon singleton
    8:17 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    Need closer on the coward.

  5. Zak
    8:36 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    This is great Drew. If people don’t like this then they need to…..

  6. Bluecat44
    8:38 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    Let this die
    Why bring up again, with many players coming on this site, don’t need ant distractions. We need the win

  7. TheBlueRanger
    8:39 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    Mr. Graffree probably does not realize that this incident will stay with him well after he leaves college and is applying for work. Any employer that does a background check will find the articles/videos and will most likely take a pass.

    • Mayor McCheese
      12:41 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      Ryan’s Steakhouse in Richmond probably doesn’t perform background checks.

    • Brad
      9:50 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      Baskin Robbins always finds out.

  8. Chris
    8:48 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    This is a little over the line. I get that it’s an attempt at humor, albeit a poor attempt, but it’s a little uncalled for considering it’s all centered around one of UK’s players getting sucker punched.

    • Mike1011
      9:31 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

      I have been in similar situations on a much smaller scale and it’s no fun. You just want it to go away. Wish Drew wouldn’t have made this post.

  9. Mealprep
    8:57 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    I just feel bad that Drew spent his entire day on photoshop for this piece of sh*t post.

  10. ronzo
    8:58 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    Retribution is justified. If punishment is not inflicted, then this UK team are a bunch of little girls.

  11. Shelby
    9:00 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    Good post Drew–and funny. I’m Like it, this “memory” should motivate the Cats to kick EKU’s ass Saturday. I want to crush them.

  12. Ron Pierce
    9:01 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    Weak and useless. Go CATS

  13. Elnasho
    9:10 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    I’m with others here. This was a lot of college kids making very poor decisions that I am sure most of them regret. It definitely is not funny that this happened. This post is in poor taste IMHO. KSR should take it down.

  14. CW
    9:19 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    There seems to be a lot of offended people commenting. This isn’t or ESPN, it’s a non-traditional UK sports media website. People really do feel the need to voice when they take offense at anything now.

  15. Jimmy
    9:21 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    I love KSR, and I’ve been here from the beginning of the website, but this post is unnecessary and should be removed.

    • Mike1011
      9:30 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

      I kinda feel the same. I honestly couldn’t even read all of it, Drew. Love you, love the site, don’t love this post. I’m sure Barker just wants it to go away.

  16. CatFan#1
    9:21 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    i think Drew transfers sometime soon…He not gonna get any playing time. Wish he could but i dont see it happening.. Towles will be around for his senior yr. so i think Drew transfers. He will never live his incidents down at uk.. Everyone has called him a trouble maker. i think he goes..

    • CW
      9:28 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

      Why would he transfer? He’s a red shirt freshmen. Once Towles leaves, he will have two years as the starting quarterback. This isn’t basketball, that’s how most football programs work. Look at any powerhouse football program and the majority of their starters will be upperclassmen.

    • KES
      9:44 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      Actually he wont. he will be recruited over. he will never play here

  17. Smyrna_Cat
    9:28 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    I am glad to see this dead horse revived … so we can kill it again, revive it, kill it, revive it, kill it, revive it …

    • Yeah...
      10:16 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

      Thats Republicans for ya……

  18. Tncat95
    9:31 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    How in the hell does your teammates stand there and do nothing? Unreal….I would have walked back to Lexington before I rode with those two. With those friends, who needs enemies.

    • Whatever
      9:59 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

      Well I’m sure the EKU dude is still around. Why don’t you visit the dorm yourself and show us how you would have handled it?

  19. Wildcat89
    9:36 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    You didn’t even get Dorian Baker correct. He’s not the guy in the green shirt, he’s in a dark flat bill between Barker and Dubose. He also does help Barker up. Terrible post and about 6 months too late.

  20. Edward
    9:46 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    Matt Jones,

    This kind of stuff is really not necessary, very low brow.

  21. Bourbon Breath
    10:00 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    Aw look at all the pansies offended by a post. You poor people, how it must suck to take everything so seriously.

  22. Twnky
    10:20 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    More proof that the year of 2015 is the year of people being offended and VERY thinned skinned. Keep doing what you do drew.

    • Twnky
      10:21 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

      Offended by everything*

  23. Matted
    10:32 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    It pains me to see the 1 percent of people post comments such that it appears everyone is offended. I visit ksr because it doesn’t take itself too serious. “Clean it up” and be like every other sports blog? No thanks. Drew Franklin is a boss, and I approve!

  24. Kyfrydaddy
    10:49 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    If you don’t want to read the damn post then don’t read it you freaking cry babies….wa wa wa is all I hear… If I played on this Ky team there won’t be a bounty on lil Pattys’ head. Out for the season like no tomorrow #breakhisfnlegs

  25. Kyfrydaddy
    10:50 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink


  26. katmandue2you
    11:01 pm September 30, 2015 Permalink

    I probably shouldn’t do this but here goes anyway. All I got to say about this scene is that it shows one white boy showing the world how to take low blow sucker punch like a man.

  27. Pillsboy
    12:49 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    His so called friends and team mates are strait up cowards and if baker had been black I think it would have gone down a little deferently. Stop being politically correct it’s ruining our country!!!! Call it what it is, they let it happen because he was the only white dude in the room. And they are strait up punks! And Barker made some horrible choices and he should have thought about that before he screwed up and it’s now in the public domain. Deal with it sowing and reaping, it’s called life.

    • Moto
      3:40 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      Completely agree with you! Too much “political correctness” going on today. Barker’s “teammates” didn’t want to be called out by their brothers for helping a white dude so they let Barker lay there knocked out instead of being men and helping him up and having his back. That’s just the way it happened. Know one else wanted to be politically incorrect so I’ll say what most everyone else thought but was afraid to post.

  28. I never comment
    3:23 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    This was just unnecessary. Oh and dumb. Surely you have something better to do because no post is better than this post.

    • Trollin
      8:51 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      no post is better than this post? So you’re saying this is the best post ever? Cool!

  29. dirty sanchez
    6:36 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Love the post. All this crying by some posters is a joke.

  30. Catman4Life
    6:43 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    I read this entire POS post thinking that I was reading the typically low brow, classless, idiotic post from BTI. I was surprised and dismayed to find out that this joke of a post was conceived by Drew Franklin. Usually you post great stuff, Drew. This? This is worthless. Stoops has said that he wants everyone to move on and play good, clean, tough football. All this does is inflame our fans and possibly our players. Nothing good can come of it.

    • Trollin
      8:52 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      lol surprised and dismayed huh? Drew’s been posting stuff like this since day 1. grow some balls, catman.

  31. Towles' Man Bun
    8:57 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Weak sauce, Drew. Hope you understand that you are not the voice of Kentucky fans with class. Trying to stir the pot is a bad look on you.

  32. DrewtheDude
    8:59 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Haters gonna Hate….

  33. Todd
    9:17 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    The guy in the green shirt is not Dorian Baker. SMH.

  34. Bull
    9:27 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    I can understand how this video is a shock to anyone that has not been exposed to what goes on with college age males when they are out on their own time. I’m not condoning the behavior, but much worse happens without ever being caught on film. How to deal with it? Most college football players are much more aggressive than a average male being between 18 – 23yrs. of age. Mix in alcohol and you will definitely have problems. Keeping an eye on them full time is nearly impossible. I’ve been in social settings with past UK football teams and several veteran players took it upon themselves to insure everyone kept a level head. That’s part of what veteran leadership is about. Things like this has and will always happen. But now social media brings it to the whole world to see. Maybe some young kid will take note and learn to stay out of a similar situation.

  35. Ed
    9:34 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Right you are Catman! The HC is building a fundamentally sound, championship winning football program for this university and the BBN. This boorish fan chatter initiated by an immature sports writer flies in the face of Mark Stoops recent comments when reflecting on the events surrounding the EKU football program:

    ” Stoops made it clear Monday he expects none of that to be carried over to the field Saturday night by his team.

    “We will talk about it and then it’s done with. We have to move on. I have great respect for coach Hood and his program and the program he is building and the history they have had and what they have done. We will welcome them to our stadium,” Stoops said. “I think this can be a very good situation and a good rivalry.

    “I have seen it before at other programs where teams that are so close let that kind of stuff filter into the game and there is no place for it. I will have no tolerance all week on anything off the field or any talk and all of that BS. I don’t want anything to do with that.

    “We want to play a good, clean, hard-fought football game and that is what I am going to tell them and I don’t want to hear any of it. I have respect for them. This could be a good thing for the state and a good thing for both programs and we want a good game.”

    If the play on the field does get chippy, Stoops will take care of the Kentucky side of the problem quickly.

    “If I see any of that stuff, then they are not going to play. I am not going to deal with that stuff. That looks classless and looks sloppy and we will not play that way,” he said… from Vaught’s Views.

    This is “not the image” the University wants to project and neither should it be the image of the BBN. It certainly demonstrates the poorer qualities of an irresponsible and uncontrolled writer. Matt Jones, You should pull on the reins. GO BIG BLUE! “Til the Battle is Won”

  36. KenJames
    9:54 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    The dude in the green jacket is not Dorian Baker, he’s the one in the Cavaliers hat. You know, because he’s from Cleveland. Smh

  37. KYlifer
    10:16 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    This is about 5 young men. Who happen to also play football. If this they had been ordinary students thus would have died a quick death. It is ridiculous to keep bringing this up. All concerned are most likely sorry it happened, if they are not, they should be. The EKU player has offered a public apology. The two EKU players were suspended from their team, thru spring practice. EKU’s AD has spoken about that, all this has been in the media. As far as anyone knows, the three UK players may or may not have been reprimanded ( after assaulting the one EKU player with a beer bottle and sending him to the hospital…three on one….seems folks keep forgetting that, luckily they weren’t arrested for that). Both Stoops and Hood have spoken to their respective teams, time to move on. EKU has had a player killed in a car accident this week, most likely puts a football game in perspective. Only rednecked idiots want to continue something that happened 8 months ago, that has been addressed and does not affect then in anyway.

  38. BigCatE
    10:30 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    This topic = controversy = comments = clicks = $$$$

    Well done, Drew Franklin.

  39. ArmyCat
    10:51 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Drew, nice post…informative and funny. Way too many sensitive men of the 90’s on here getting butt hurt though. For those who question it’s relevance after 5 months, the game on Saturday makes it relevant. I’ve had numerous Bama and Aurburn fans ask me what was Stoops talking about in his presser when he mentioned that any on field shenanigans wouldn’t be tolerated during the EKU game. Bad choices by all parties involved. The UK players had no business being there, but it doesn’t warrant getting assaulted. My two questions have always been, (1) why didn’t Barker’s teammates help him and (2), why wasn’t the Graffree prosecuted?

    • Nodoginthisfight
      11:52 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      Uh…I believe this is who was assaulted.
      1 EKU player by THREE UK players using a (broken) beer bottle sending him to the hospital. Oh yeah, conveniently overlooked.
      1UK player by one former UK player/EKU player. Which had been played over and over and over and over, and hashed and rehashed ad nauseum.

      Enough fault on both sides, let it go. You were not involved. College students were, all who hopefully tell you they made a mistake. BTW, the only person who helped Barker in that video was an EKU player who walked over and helped him up.

    • Brian
      1:41 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

      There’s video showing the EKU kid at the bar was LOOKING for a fight. He got one. Sometimes you get your face busted up in a fight.


    • Brittany
      7:26 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

      And some times Brian, you get into a fight, GO LOOKING FOR MORE, and get more than you bargained for!

  40. Guy In Powder Blue Button Up
    11:03 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Both EKU & UK better be glad I’m not on that field this Saturday! Ice up son, ice up!

  41. CPACAT
    11:30 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    So who took the bag of “food”???

  42. Whynot
    11:55 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Maybe Grafree wasn’t prosecuted for the same reason that Barker and the other two weren’t prosecuted for their assault on the other EKU kid.

    • Cardz4Lyfe
      1:43 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

      Maybe they could get dismissed from their team, and then Bobby P could come in and take them!!!


  43. Drew can take a punch...
    2:01 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

    I am still amazed that the two UK players did not respond any better. The difference in Towles and Barker is maturity. Towles would never put himself in that situation. I can guarantee if someone punched Pat that way with a couple his guys with him there would have been a better response. They acted like they could care less their QB just got knocked out. We also live in an age where folks are too busy filming someone get beat up instead of helping them.

    as for Franklin everybody wants to take shots.. lighten up. This is a great site! I don’t agree with everything but that is what makes the world go round..

  44. Drew can take a punch...
    2:03 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

    I meant that as in taking up for Drew Franklin. He is one of my favorite bloggers..