Ole Miss Football: Robert Nkemdiche's Lawsuit a Huge Concern for Rebels

Robert Nkemdiche's Lawsuit a Huge Concern for Ole Miss

2/26/14 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Feb 6, 2013; Loganville, GA, USA; Robert Nkemdiche (right) shown with his brother Denzel after he announced his decision to attend Mississippi on National Signing Day at Grayson High School. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY SportsThe Ole Miss Rebels had another successful season under head coach Hugh Freeze in 2013, and built up some nice momentum heading into the off-season by beating Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl.

Unfortunately, that momentum has been wiped out after news broke last week that Robert Nkemdiche and Denzel Nkemdiche are being sued by a man for $2 million after an alleged punching and kicking incident.

The two brothers (and anchors of the Ole Miss defense) allegedly assaulted the man at a February 2013 frat party in Oxford, with there also being claims that five other Ole Miss football players were involved in the incident.

While this incident was bad in and of itself, it followed up the news that Denzel and fellow linebacker Serderius Bryant (the team's leading tackler in 2013) had been arrested for disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. 

So, it's been anything less than peaceful for Freeze's football program since they played their final game on December 30 in Nashville.

It goes without saying that this is a very serious lawsuit. It involves two men (and possibly more) beating another man and knocking him unconscious.

These two players may the two most recognizable figures in the Ole Miss football program, and they are being tied to this type of incident? That's simply not good at all. Not for the two men, not for Freeze, and certainly not for the university.

Again, this incident doesn't look good by itself, but to also have Denzel arrested in a separate incident at around the same time that this story comes out? It certainly doesn't help matters, that's for sure.

It's always said that the off-season is the most worrisome time for college coaches, because you just aren't sure how student athletes are spending their time with football out of the picture for several months. 

But, if true, there's no excuse for something like this. However, keep in mind that we are still a long way away from knowing whether or not these players did in fact commit the actions that are stated by the accuser. Until then, we can only speculate based on the information in the report.

One thing is certain....there are few coaches around the nation as eager to hurry up and get the 2014 season kicked off as Freeze is.

The question is whether or not Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche will be on the field when that moment arrives.

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