Winston-Salem State University and Virginia State are set to play in the CIAA Championship Game Saturday. WSSU quarterback Rudy Johnson will not play in the game after allegedly being beaten up by multiple Virginia State players in the bathroom during the CIAA banquet Friday afternoon at Winston-Salem’s Anderson Center after a fight had broken out.
Details are sketchy and relying on sources. A WSSU police source said Johnson was taken to the hospital and released. Johnson will not play Saturday according to WGHP.
“We don’t know a lot of what happened but we do know our starting quarterback, Rudy Johnson, was beaten up,” said Chancellor Donald Reaves of WSSU, “and he didn’t beat himself up.”
The CIAA also issued a statement:
“We understand that some Virginia State University and Winston-Salem State University student-athletes were involved in an incident during the time of today’s luncheon event. The police are currently investigating the incident and are specking with the individuals involved. Leadership from the CIAA and the participating institutions are fully cooperating. Further details and updates regarding the status of the championship game will be forthcoming.”
At least one player from Virginia State has taken to Twitter to deny the news reports:
UPDATE: Later Friday afternoon the championship game was canceled via a report by WGHP.