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No criminal charges in Crosstown Shootout brawl

Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:43 pm

Jeff Borzello

We finally have a resolution to the Crosstown Shootout brawl – at least from a punishment standpoint.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Wednesday there would be no criminal charges filed stemming from the fight between Cincinnati and Xavier on Saturday.

“This was an unfortunate situation,” Deters said. “However, after talking with both coaches, I truly believe that the teams will be able to deal with the situation more effectively than the criminal justice system.”

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There was speculation regarding potential criminal charges after the Prosecutor’s Office announced it was going to review the tape. While some thought Cheikh Mbodj, who stomped on Kenny Frease’s head while he was on the ground, could get charged, most of the focus was on Yancy Gates.

Gates was the one who coldcocked Frease during the melee in the final seconds, while the fight was still in the pushing and shoving stage. However, Gates did apologize to Frease.

“Mr. Frease is satisfied with Mr. Gates’ apology,” Deters said.

Cincinnati suspended Gates, Mbodj and Octavius Ellis for six games each, while Ge’Lawn Guyn was suspended one game. Xavier levied four games against Dezmine Wells and Landon Amos, while Mark Lyons received two games and Tu Holloway one.

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