OSU football equipment manager injured in alleged assault by OU fans
NORMAN — An Oklahoma State football equipment manager suffered a broken rib after he was allegedly assaulted by OU fans while he tried to retrieve an OSU football in the second quarter of the Bedlam game on Saturday at Owen Field.
OU officials released a statement on Monday saying that the incident has been turned over to the OU police department for investigation.
A family member posted on social media that the student assistant was “attacked by 5 adult men OU fans” who “punched him and threw beer on him.”
When Oklahoma State kicked a field goal in the second quarter on Saturday, the equipment manager was positioned in the crowd to retrieve the Cowboys’ ball. It is an OU tradition to catch the game balls of the opponent when they come into the crowd and throw them up the stands and out of the stadium.
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Video from Fox 25 television in Oklahoma City shows a fan throwing the ball, where it was apparently caught by the OSU equipment manager. A scrum ensued, lasting for more than 30 seconds before the OSU staff member was assisted out of the pile with the ball.
“The OU Athletics Department is aware of the interaction during Saturday night’s game between some fans and an Oklahoma State team staff member,” the OU statement said. “The matter was immediately turned over to the OU Police Department and is under investigation with the athletics department’s full cooperation. No matter the outcome of the investigation, physical contact by any fan with an employee of any team is unacceptable. The department condemns the behavior of the involved fans, and once the individuals are identified, they will be banned from attending any future OU Athletics events.”