By Molly Hendrickson, 7NEWS Reporter
Two Colorado State University students battered in a brutal fight in Fort Collins tell 7NEWS they were attacked by a group of CSU football players.
"I have stitches behind my ear back here. I have chipped teeth. I have a shoe print on my back," said CSU freshman Donny Gocha, whose eyes were black and swollen shut.
Gocha and fellow freshman J.D. Haley said they were walking home with two other friends from a party on Friday night when six football players started shouting from a white sport utility vehicle.
"They were yelling at anybody and everybody at the party and people were yelling back too," Haley said. "But I dont think they really heard anybody until my friend Donny yelled back."
Thats when the students say one football player got out of the SUV and tackled Gocha. Three more guys got out of the car and jumped in the fight, punching Gocha and stomping on his head and back, the two students said.
"I just felt a couple shots to my head, then I was out," said Gocha.
"The African American male started stomping on Donnys head," Haley said.
Haley and their two other friends ran to help, but said thats when the football players turned on them. They suffered black eyes, a broken nose and a lacerated lip.
"I dont know if that kid wouldve stopped, if he wouldnt have changed his attention to hitting somebody else," Haley said of one player.
The students wouldnt say if the CSU players involved were the same ones who were suspended on Saturday by CSU football coach Jim McElwain.
McElwain wouldnt elaborate on why he suspended junior defensive end Nordly Capi, junior linebacker Mike Orakpo and junior defensive end Colton Paulhus. The coach only said the suspension wasnt related to a St. Patrick's Day fight involving Orakpo and Capi, in which another teammate was slashed with a knife.
Meanwhile, other members of the football team were reaching out to Haley and Gocha, apologizing for what happened.
Player Trey Cassidy wrote on Facebook, "Not everyone on the team are like these athletes that get into fights every other weekend."
The beating victims said they appreciated the message.
It really shows the character of the football team and theyre really just trying to clear this up," Haley said. "Now we can see it was just a couple of bad apples and it shouldnt cloud the whole organization's reputation."
7NEWS tried contacting the three suspended players but only got in touch with Capi. He said he couldnt comment due to the ongoing investigation.
Police are investigating the fight, but no arrests have been made.
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