College conference football championship canceled after players beat up quarterback

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - There will be no football champions in one Virginia college conference this year -- all thanks to an escalated case of bullying and assault.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference had to cancel its football championship Friday after its quarterback was beaten up by rivaling team members. One of the quarterback's teammates attested to ESPN that the QB would not have been able to make it through the game with his injuries.

The game was supposed to be between Winston-Salem State University and Virginia State University, but officials canceled the game after Winston-Salem’s quarterback, Rudy Johnson, was “viciously beaten by one or more members of the Virginia State football team.”

ESPN reports that Winston-Salem State chancellor Donald Reaves issued the above quote, and said not a lot is known about the incident, but investigators know Virginia State was to blame.

“We do know our starting quarter back, Rudy Johnson, was beaten up,” Reaves said. “And he didn’t beat himself up.”

Johnson had a swollen eye and a cut above his eye, the police report said. The alleged assault happened Friday night in a bathroom during the pre-game banquet.

So far, Virginia State player Lamont Britt has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury. Police said other arrests may follow.

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