STATEMENT FROM WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR DONALD J. REAVES
"I am saddened to report that at today's CIAA pre-championship game luncheon held at the Anderson Center of the WSSU campus that our starting quarterback, Rudy Johnson, was viciously beaten by one or more members of the Virginia State football team. There is no excuse for the behavior of the Virginia State players. One suspect has admitted to his role in the attack and has been arrested on criminal assault charges. The University Police Department is attempting to identify the other VSU players who were involved. Today's event was supposed to be a celebration for both teams and for all the players who were being recognized for an outstanding season. The actions from the Virginia State players certainly changed the outcome for everyone."
Working with the CIAA, the decision was made to cancel the entire championship weekend that had been scheduled at WSSU. This includes the CIAA Championship Football game scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. and the CIAA Volleyball Championship that was to be played Saturday and Sunday. We will be working with the CIAA to develop a process for ticket refunds.