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CIAA football tourney canceled after Winston-Salem State QB beaten


Officials say a Virginia State football player faces an assault charge after a bathroom fight left Winston-Salem State's starting quarterback badly beaten on the eve of the now-canceled CIAA championship game.

This weekend's CIAA championship football game was canceled after a fight Friday involving players from the opposing schools in which the starting quarterback from Winston-Salem State was beaten, officials said.

"Based on the incident that occurred today, and after consulting with the leadership of each institution and the Football and Volleyball championship committees, the CIAA is saddened to announce that this weekend's Football and Volleyball conference championships that were scheduled to take place in Winston-Salem have been canceled," a statement from the league said. "On the eve of such an important weekend for dozens of our student-athletes, many of whom have waited a lifetime for such a moment, we are left to focus instead on what might have been."

Winston-Salem State spokeswoman Nancy Young said the school's starting quarterback, Rudy Johnson, was assaulted in the bathroom at the Anderson Conference Center on the Winston-Salem campus during a luncheon for both teams.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that five Virginia State players were involved.

Winston-Salem State Chancellor Donald Reaves says in a statement that the suspect has admitted his role in the beating of Johnson on Friday and that university police are trying to identify the other players involved.

"We don't know a lot of what happened but we do know our starting quarterback, Rudy Johnson, was beaten up," Reaves told the newspaper. "And he didn't beat himself up."

Young identified the suspect as 22-year-old Lamont Daniel Britt. A Forsyth County jail official says Britt is being held there on a charge of misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury.

Conference officials say athletes from both schools were involved, but Reaves blames the Virginia State players.

"We did not make this decision lightly, as its impact is far and wide - affecting our student-athletes, alumni, fans, sponsors and more. But the CIAA has long had policies to encourage responsible behavior, and must consider what is necessary to assure days like today are not repeated, ever," CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter said. "We will cooperate fully with the NCAA as it relates to its upcoming Division II national championships."

Both Winston-Salem State and Virginia State are 9-1. The Rams lost to Valdosta State in the NCAA Division II championship game last year, and both teams were in position to earn postseason berths this season.

Ticket holders for the Championship Game should contact the place of purchase for a refund on their tickets. Ticketholders who specifically purchased their tickets through TicketMaster will automatically receive a refund.

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