New footage has surfaced from last week’s brawl at a middle school basketball game in Pike County. EKB News obtained the footage from the Pike County School District through an open records request, and what it found shows a much more detailed version of the melee.
According to EKB, one of the lead instigators in the whole thing is an elected county official, Magistrate Bobby Varney. Varney is the father of the two Belfrey Middle coaches, who are also two of the leading roles in the new video. One of them went for the takedown of a referee after the referee attempted to land a kick on their father’s head. That referee had just been pulled to the ground by the elder Varney.
Watch it all, with much better commentary than mine, in this report from EKB News:
EKB NEWS EXCLUSIVE: New video footage has surfaced of the brawl at a middle school basketball game in Pike County last week, and it appears to shed some light on what may have led to the fight. It also appears to show the role a county elected official may have had in the incident. Early Tuesday afternoon, the Pike County School District honored an open records request filed by EKB News for video footage taken at the game. Until now, only cell phone video footage showing portions of the incident has been broadcast. The new footage obtained by EKB News shows the fight in its entirety, as well as the roles played in the incident by several people, including a Pike County magistrate. Pike County Board of Education Attorney Neal Smith told EKB News Tuesday afternoon that disciplinary action is forthcoming against those involved in the fight, but he declined to name exactly who would be subject to disciplinary measures. He said the video shows numerous people, mostly adults, displaying behavior that will not be tolerated at events sanctioned by the school district. We’ll continue to bring you updates on this developing story as more details emerge. EKB News Reporter Chris Anderson has been following this situation, and he has this report.
Posted by EKB News on Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Hopefully we get a follow-up report on this guy’s pants falling down: