As you're all aware, Robert and Denzel Nkemdiche
- among a handful of other notable Ole Miss athletes - are being sued for their alleged involvement in a fight at the Kappa Alpha fraternity house last year which reportedly left one young man unconscious and another the victim of a pretty unfair beating. No arrests were made the night of the alleged incident because, per a statement released by the Ole Miss athletics administration, "the proper authorities investigated the matter and could find no evidence of wrong-doing related to Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche or any other members of our football program."
So nobody got in trouble with Johnny Law, but that doesn't mean that this incident, if true, isn't a civil matter, something that the alleged victimes are well aware of. The suit's plaintiffs are suing the Rebel standouts for $2 million, a sum which seems to this particular fan as something that's a wee bit extortive and a not-so-subtle attempt to cash in on whatever future earning power the defensive duo may have.
Well, it seems that the Nkemdiches aren't in the mood to take this accusation lightly. It doesn't look like they're willing to settle this one, as they've lawyered the hell up and filed a counter-suit of their own.
Can they do this? Of course they can, and with good reason. The Nkemdiches allege that the plaintiff's suit is riddled with "untrue and false statements" and that they've "suffered and sustained harm, injuries, damages, and/or losses as a result of the false and defamatory statements made by plaintiff/counter-defendant," entitling them "to a judgement...for compensatory damages in an amount to be determined by the jury."
For every claim made by the plaintiffs, the duo responded with outright denial and a "demand for strict proof" - aside from admitting that they are in fact Ole Miss students from Georgia. That they'll obviously own up to.
So it looks like we've got a bit of a lawsuit on our hands... or a really quiet out-of-court settlement followed by a gag order. Either way, the offseason entertainment continues in Oxford.