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.