Mississippi State redshirt freshman Elgton Jenkins was arrested Thursday on a warrant of simple assault.
SB Nation reported that the alleged victim’s attorney says Jenkins was the wrong player arrested. The sports site reported that James Meyers, a 21-year old junior, claimed he was assaulted on campus Feb. 25 by two 19-year-old redshirt freshmen, Grant Harris and Brandon Bryant.
“There has to be some charging document to arrest Jenkins, but it wasn’t filed by us,” Meyers attorney Rocky Wilkins said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Jenkins was there. There were seven or eight players there.”
Affidavits show that Meyers identified Harris and Bryant as his assailants. The affidavit involving Bryant read “did purposely, knowingly, and unlawfully cause bodily injury to James Meyers by striking him with a snowball in the face.”
According to the other affidavit, Harris punched Meyers in the face “causing a contusion to his right eye, a fractured nose and several fractured teeth.”
Deputy clerk Georgia Alexander signed both affidavits.
MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter responded to the report Tuesday in an email:
“While Mississippi State University normally does not comment on legal matters, a post today on the website SB Nation merits a response.
“The post, which contains factual errors that call into question the credibility of the overall post, in great measure represents only the claims and assertions of the personal injury attorney and fails on a number of levels to accurately portray the actions of the university, the MSU Police Department, the MSU Athletics Department and our students.
“At this point, there exists significant confusion as to the actual facts of this incident. The university will continue to interact appropriately with law enforcement and the judicial system as these facts are sorted out in a manner that protects the rights of all MSU students.
On March 4, 2015, MSU received notification of a potential civil legal claim from a Jackson personal injury lawyer regarding activities subsequent to an apparent snowball fight among MSU students on the evening of Feb. 25, 2015.
“MSU, our university police, our Athletics Department and all others in a position of authority have fully cooperated in this ongoing investigation and will continue to do so. Claims to the contrary simply are not accurate.
“The university will not be drawn into a scenario of litigating this matter in the press or online and will have no additional comment on this matter at this time.“
Wilkins was not happy with MSU’s response to the article or to him. He wants his client to be a priority for the university.
“It’s pretty typical to shoot the messenger,” Wilkins said. “What I didn’t see addressed is how they’re going to help this student that’s a victim that has a broken nose and cracked teeth. Hopefully they won’t give special treatment to a bunch of football players over a student who is just paying his way through school that got hurt.”
This comes after the team’s leading receiver De’Runnya Wilson was arrested Friday in Alabama for second degree possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
“We have very high standards and expectations for all our student-athletes,” MSU head coach Dan Mullen said in a statement Monday. “Any time an accusation is made against one of our student-athletes, we investigate fully and not jump to any conclusions.”
MSU starts spring practice today at 3:20 p.m. It is open to the public.