Bouncer stands by story of UC player attack; UC, nightclub respond to allegations
A bouncer at PLAY night club on East Seventh Street downtown filed an official police report Sunday claiming he was punched and kicked by several members of the Bearcats basketball team while he was just trying to do his job early Sunday morning.
Brian McLucas said he asked several UC basketball players to move from a section in the club's VIP area. "I know for a fact that they were UC basketball players because my boss told me they (were) whenever he said I'm letting these guys go up on stage and hang out for a while," said McLucas
Monday, McLucas answered questions as to why it took him 14 hours to take action. "The reason it took me so long to file a police report is because I work two jobs and I spent from 10:00 to 2:00am working and then I spent from 2:30 til 7:00am in the hospital," said McLucas. When I got home my first thing was to fall asleep because I was so tired and when I woke up that was my first thing that I went and done was filed my police report."
The PLAY bouncer said the players sat down at someone else's VIP table. "I'm asking you guys to get up. You're drinking her alcohol," said McLucas. "And I said, you guys are making rude racial remarks towards her. And I said you guys need to get up."
The players apparently refused to move and became rather vocal at that point. "I said you guys need to calm down. And whenever I did that I looked to the right of me and right as I looked to the right of me I seen the dude take three quick steps and punch me in the eye," said McLucas.
PLAY night club's management did not want to to on camera Monday but did confirm that UC players were in the club Saturday night. They also said that they interviewed everyone working that night and no one said they saw the incident. But McLucas told FOX 19 Sunday that his general manager, Chris Wessel, was with him in the VIP area and saw what had happened.
McLucas responded to criticism he's received on social media websites. "I never expected when I came out with what happened I was going to start getting bashed from people on websites from social media that I'm not telling the truth, and I know for a fact I am," said McLucas.
On Monday, Whit Babcock, Director of Athletics, released this statement regarding the altercation.
"Right now we are working to gather information and facts," said Babcock. "While we certainly don't want to rush to judgment and will allow for due process, we also want to strongly emphasize that we hold all of our student-athletes to a high standard for their behavior in the community. It is a privilege to play for and represent UC, it is not a right. We have made great strides in our program and this type situation is not what UC athletics is about or will be about. As of now, to my understanding, there are no charges filed, only accusations. We will next comment after we have had time to gather facts and our process moves along or is completed. We will invoke disciplinary action if any of our student-athletes acted in an inappropriate manner."
No charges have been filed and FOX19 is not identifying the player(s) involved as not to impede the police investigation.