University of Kentucky football Coach Mark Stoops confirmed Wednesday that police in Richmond have questioned three of his players who might have been involved in a bar fight that injured Eastern Kentucky University football player Colton Scurry.
No charges have been filed, but Stoops did confirm after his signing day news conference that the UK players were quarterback Drew Barker, wide receiver Dorian Baker and defensive lineman Tymere Dubose.
Stoops said no action would be taken until more information was available.
"I'm trying to gather the information," he said. "I've been reading a bunch of reports from what everybody said, and to this point I don't know what's true and what's not.
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"So I just — I have certain information, and I just need to let the legal process go through its course. Right now, nobody's been charged. I think there's a lot of people looking into it, and I need to get a little bit more accurate information on that and see where it goes."
The fight, which occurred about 12:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at Jerzee's Cocktail Lounge & Dance Club, left Scurry with a broken nose and facial fractures.
There also was a later fight, about 2:50 a.m. Jan. 25, at EKU's Telford Hall between Barker and Patrick Graffree, an EKU defensive lineman who transferred from UK, EKU spokesman Scott Cason said. Cason was referring to an EKU police report released Wednesday. Police are investigating that fight also, Cason said.
Meanwhile, Baker, Barker, Dubose and a fourth player, running back Stanley Williams, have completed a community-service project as part of a pretrial diversion program on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct, Fayette County Attorney Larry Roberts said.
The four were cited in a Sept. 28 air-gun incident on UK's south campus. The case came up Wednesday before Fayette District Judge T. Bruce Bell but was rescheduled for March 18.
Diversion typically is an option for first-time offenders. In exchange for completing a certain amount of hours of community service, payment of a diversion fee and other terms, the defendant may have the charge or charges dismissed and even expunged from his record. If the defendant doesn't complete diversion, he returns to court for sentencing.
Roberts said the four players worked a special event at the Catholic Action Center in Lexington.
The players admitted to police that on Sept. 28, they and others were playing a "game of manhunt," in which they would chase and shoot one another with airsoft guns.
UK officials issued a campus alert after there were reports of shots fired in the Kirwan-Blanding dorm area. UK police later recovered four airsoft guns.
The four freshmen, who did not appear in court Wednesday with defense attorney Jim Lowry, were suspended from the Oct. 4 game against South Carolina.
Second-degree disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail.