It's a fact of life that the 24-hour Mexican restaurant is the greatest thing in the world. You can get a massive burrito at 3 in the morning, you don't break the bank in the process, and, of course, you can get in a knockout, drag-out fight with other similarly drunk people without, apparently, anyone stopping you.
At least, that was the case for two BYU football players—Joe Sampson and Zachary Stout—who were caught brawling on camera in the early morning hours after Halloween night a few weeks ago. Fighting is not really in line with BYU and its Mormon Church leadership, so it's no surprise the two have been kicked off the team and dismissed from school. From the Salt Lake Tribune:
After reviewing surveillance tape of the incident and conducting up to a dozen interviews, the Provo City Attorney’s Office and Provo Police Dept. announced Thursday that charges will be filed against 23-year-old Joe Sampson and 21-year-old Zachary Stout. The players were kicked off the BYU football team by coach Bronco Mendenhall and subsequently withdrew from school last week.
Also charged Thursday were 20-year-old Matthew Santos, a former BYU football walk-on, and 21-year-old Alexander Jackman.
Sgt. Brandon Post of the Provo Police Dept. said police obtained the video taken around 3 a.m. on Nov. 1 at the Rancherito’s restaurant in Provo and were able to identify the individuals involved in the melee. The video shows how the fight started, how it escalated, and how a woman was punched in the face by one of the men charged with assault.
Check out the video above. Was the punishment justified?
[H/T: The Big Lead]