An Oklahoma Sooners football player nearly lost his eye after picking a fight in a bar with a man who’d spent years training as an MMA fighter.
A video that began circulating across social media Friday night shows Spencer Jones seemingly starting a confrontation with another man in the bathroom of Logies on the Corner, a bar near the Sooners’ football stadium.
Most what is being said before the fight is indecipherable. OU Daily reports the fight took place either late on February 13 or early on February 14.
At some point, someone does say ‘Look at me, b***h!’
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Spencer Jones (left) was on the receiving end of a beat down at an Oklahoma bar
After challenging Braden Brown (above), Brown attacked Jones and took him to the ground
Jones then appears to shove the man he is confronting, who takes a breath before suddenly wailing on the football player.
He quickly takes him to the ground and continues attacking Jones.
The person recording the video seemingly provides commentary throughout, calling the fight ‘funny’ as the man with the cowboy boots locks Jones in a guillotine.
‘Tap out, motherf***er,’ he says at one point. Meanwhile, a simultaneous fight breaks out next to the two men.
Brown’s punch was likely the moment that did serious damage to Jones’ left eye
Brown used his MMA background to get Jones into a guillotine position on the bathroom floor
Brown claims that he (and his brother) showed restraint, while here he does the restraining
‘Y’all motherf***ers ain’t playing around,’ the narrator says after the other fight results in someone being body slammed against the wall.
Braden Brown identified himself and his brother on Twitter as the fighters after the video began circulating.
‘Just to get rid of the misconceptions, I’m the fellow in the beanie and that is my brother. We ARE NOT wrestlers at any university, we have been wrestling since we were in diapers and MMA/Cage Fighting since we were 12. They gave us no options unfortunately. We showed restraint,’ Brown said.
After the fight, Jones – whose lawyer said Jones was a ‘trying to be a peacekeeper’ – went to his football program’s athletic trainers for aid.
Once swelling around Jones’ left eye diminished, a four-hour outpatient surgery was performed on February 16, which involved rebuilding his orbital socket.
‘Dr. Brooks came out of that surgery saying he’s extraordinarily lucky at this point, that he’s lucky he didn’t lose the eye altogether,’ said Woody Glass, Jones’ attorney.
Jones clearly didn’t know what he was getting into when he picked this fight
Brown’s brother, meanwhile, also got involved in the fight and attacked Jones’ companion
‘And so he was able to do some things surgically to rebuild that orbital socket and thinks everything is eventually going to come back to normal, but it’s going to take a while for him to fully recover.’
A police investigation into the matter is ongoing.
‘He was trying to de-escalate that situation,’ Glass told OU Daily. ‘But unfortunately, it wasn’t de-escalated despite his best efforts, and he became the victim of this vicious assault you’ve seen.’
Jones, an award-winning holder for Oklahoma’s football program, needed surgery to repair his left eye. The fight remains under investigation and Jones has retained legal counsel
Jones, a wide receiver and holder from Nashville, transferred to the Oklahoma program after previously being at the Liberty University program.
He was an Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree last season. He also won the Mortell Holder of the Year Award after serving as the holder for all place kicks over the course of the season.
Sports Illustrated reports Jones is set to take advantage of the eligibility waiver given to all NCAA fall athletes and return for another season.