Dak Prescott not pursuing assault charges
It appears that the individuals who allegedly assaulted a 2015 Heisman Trophy contender at a rap concert won’t face any type of legal recriminations.
The Panama City (Fla.) deputy chief of police, Chad Lindsey, confirmed to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger that, as of now, Prescott has declined to pursue charges against those who left him with lacerations to his face at a Waka Flocka concert while on spring break. Prescott and two teammates, defensive end Torrey Dale and quarterback Damian Williams, were assaulted by a group of unnamed individuals, although none sustained serious injuries and all three are back in Starkville.
Lindsey told the Clarion-Ledger that the police department is waiting on Prescott to contact them but haven’t heard from him since the initial encounter after the incident.
“No, I just want to leave, I need to leave, can you take me to my room?” Prescott told the responding officer in a police report when asked if he wanted to press charges. “I don’t need this publicity. I’m a football player.”
When asked what happened prior to the alleged assault, the quarterback responded, "[a] bunch of dudes were hating on me.” Prescott declined an offer of medical treatment.
It’s unclear if either Dale or Williams will pursue charges, although it appears that both will follow Prescott’s course of non-action. The paper wrote that "[d]epending on the severity of the charges, Lindsey said the statute of limitations could give Prescott [or his teammates] up to three years to press charges.”
A video surfaced online shortly after the altercation which purportedly shows Prescott getting kicked in the head in the midst of the brouhaha (if you clink play on the video below, a warning that some of the language is NSFW depending on your place of employment). Post-kerfuffle photos showed Prescott with lacerations to his forehead and around the corner of his right eye.
Thanks for all the Concerns and Prayers! I'm okay and ready to get back to Starkville. Ignorance happens! Be safe on Spring Break!— Dak Prescott (@dak) March 10, 2015
(Photo credit: Brooks Roberts’ Twitter feed)