NASCAR driver Mike Wallace: 'They just knocked me out'
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - NASCAR driver Mike Wallace says he and his daughter Lindsey were attacked Friday night at PNC Music Pavilion after the Rascal Flatts concert.
On Sunday, Wallace said three men he has never met repeatedly punched and kicked him and his family. He said he is still shaken up about the "beat-down."
"We've never been through anything like this," Wallace said.
The police report from the incident was released Monday after the alleged assault. The reports states there was a verbal altercation prior to the physical fight.
Wallace said his three front teeth were knocked a few inches into his mouth, his black eye is causing impaired vision and his lip now has ten stitches. His daughter was taken away from the parking lot on a stretcher and moved to the hospital.
"They just knocked me out. When I come to, my daughter is laying on the ground, my son-in-law were on top of me trying to protect me," Wallace said. "They were kicking me, beating on me."
Graphic photos posted to social media show Mike with a bruised and bloodied face and Lindsey on a stretcher.
Wallace sat down with WBTV Monday and talked more in detail about what he remembers.
Wallace said he was leaving a concert Friday night when he talked to someone in a landscaping truck parked in front of him.
"A young man on the back of the truck, and he just started going crazy screaming at everybody, the cuss words," Wallace said. "That's all I remember. The only part that I remember of it is saying 'man, what's your problem, what's going on?'"
Paul Lucas, Nathan Lucas and Randolph Mangum were all arrested Friday night. Two of the men were charged with one count of simple assault each. The other man was charged with assault on a female.
"I don't think it would be right to just let them go. I have nothing to gain out of it," Wallace said of his alleged attackers.
Kenny Wallace, Mike's brother and NASCAR analyst, tweeted about the violent attack to update fans on his brother's condition and to raise awareness of the assault.
"I've talked to Mike this morning," Kenny tweeted. "He is down in the dumps. Beat up badly and can't see out of one eye. I WILL MAKE SURE THIS MAKES NEWS!!!!"
Kenny said Mike and Lindsey were leaving the concert when three men started talking to Mike. They then "knocked Mike Wallace out." While he laid on the ground unconscious, Kenny says the three proceeded to kick Mike in the face. Lindsay covered her father with her body and they reportedly started kicking her too.
Kenny Wallace said the attack was unprovoked.
"The number ONE question I get from the @NASCAR world is 'What did Mike do?'" Kenny tweeted. "Sad part is Mike did nothing. It was a GOON attack."
Since the social media posts, there has been an online backlash against the Lucas Lawn and Landscaping company.
Lucas Lawn and Landscaping released a statement Monday about the matter, and the backlash they are receiving on social media.
"This has resulted in verbal attacks upon our business, suggestions that our clients abandon our company and innuendo regarding our business that we believe is designed to both frustrate the proper administration of justice within our court system and prevent our company from continuing to do business where we employee over 70 individuals who work hard and depend upon their jobs to support themselves and their families," the statement read in part.
"This situation arose at an event that did not involve our business or the operation of the business in any way," the statement continued. "The efforts being made to disparage our business and negatively impact its hardworking employees is both disturbing and uncalled for. This is, in our opinion, a mechanism being used to point blame at those who had no involvement in the matter and, simultaneously, deflect any inquiry into the actions and behavior that may have occurred at the time the situation arose by those making the accusations."
"They deserve it. We did not ask to be involved in this," Wallace said.
A police report stated there was a verbal altercation. When asked about the police report, Wallace said he does not understand why the fight happened.
"I wish I could give you an understanding, I wish you could help me with an understanding of what took place," Wallace said.
Wallace said the physical trauma is not all he and his family have had to deal with. He said they're also dealing with emotional scars.
"That hurts me worse than I got myself hurt, realizing [Lindsey] was trying to help me, and a group of people attacked her," he said.
In a post from Mike Wallace circulating social media, he says the three men who attacked him were arrested "and out of jail before we were out of the hospital."
Wallace said everyone needs to be cautious, next time they go out.
"Go to a concert, but be aware of your surroundings," Wallace said.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story inaccurately reported that one of the men arrested, Paul Daniel Lucas, is president of Lucas Lawn and Landscaping. He is not the president of that company. We regret this error.
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