Richmond police confirmed Tuesday night that they are investigating an off-campus "incident involving football players."
"It was an incident involving two different college teams," said Sgt. Tim Craft.
Craft declined to comment further, saying "we're just in the very preliminary stages of the investigation."
Jeff Scurry, the father of Eastern Kentucky University offensive lineman Colton Scurry, said in an interview Tuesday night that his son suffered a broken nose and facial fractures at Jerzees Cocktail Lounge & Dance Club on Main Street in Richmond early Sunday.
"He's got a lot of stitches and staples in his head," Jeff Scurry said. "It's going to be a slow healing process."
Scurry declined to comment on the criminal investigation, saying only that "there is lots of evidence."
"I'm just focusing on Colton and getting him well," he said. "When it's all said and done, justice will prevail."
EKU police "are investigating a possibly related incident in Telford Hall" on campus in which an assault was said to have occurred early Sunday, said Scott Cason, EKU's vice president for communications and marketing.
Cason said that incident was reported Tuesday.
He said university officials had contacted Richmond police to try to learn more about the off-campus incident.
"It's out of our jurisdiction," he said.
He declined to name the student or students involved.
Social media and news sites were abuzz Tuesday afternoon and evening with discussion of an assault at a Richmond bar that was said to have involved Scurry and University of Kentucky football players.
UK spokesman Tony Neely declined to comment about possible disciplinary action against Kentucky football players who might have been involved.
Colton Scurry, 20, is a 6-foot-2, 285-pound lineman from Fayetteville, Ga., according to EKU's sports website.