WKU football players involved in fraternity house fight

Members of Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) stand outside their fraternity house late Sunday night. Bowling Green police respond to the scene where an alleged fight and a break-in involving WKU football players.

Jacob Dick

Members of the WKU football team were allegedly involved in a fight and break-in at the Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) fraternity house on Center Street late Sunday night, according to the Bowling Green Police Department.

In the report, witnesses told police men were seen in the alley around the back gate of the house and a fight broke out after residents of the house confronted them.

Brian Kuster, vice president for student affairs, said one student has been hospitalized and the office is aware of nine or 10 students involved in the incident.

Kuster also confirmed some involved were members of the WKU football team.

“Anyone involved with criminal activity will be prosecuted by Bowling Green police,” he said.

The identities of the suspects were redacted in the report, but the reporting officer did name one person as a member of WKU’s football team.

Witnesses claimed seeing a firearm but no weapon was found besides a boxcutter placed in a styrofoam box in the alley behind the Pike house by one of the suspects, according to the report.

A Pike member told police he witnessed one of the suspects tackle a Pike alum into a fence. The alum told police he was at the house after being contacted about several football players being there and tried to prevent a fight. It was reported the alum was kicked and punched several times before other fraternity members joined to help.

The responding officer was told about a suspicious car in a parking lot where two of the suspects fled to after the fight. The officer found the car and said a member of the football team told him he had came to the Pike house with other team members, according to the report.

The member whose name was redacted from the report said he wasn’t involved in a fight but told the officer some of the teammates had been jumped at a Pike party on a different day. The officer found a black ski mask in one of the suspects pocket, according to the report.

Police responded to the call in reference to a subject with a gun. No gun was found on the suspects or in the dorm room searched by police, according to the report. The officer said one of the suspects told him there were grass stains on his athletic shorts from tackling a Pike member.

Officer Ronnie Ward said no arrests have been made so far and it is not known how many football players were involved at this time.

Kyle Neaves, associate athletics director and communications person for the football team, said WKU Athletics was aware of the accusations but had no additional information at this time.

“We are aware of the allegations involving a few members of our football team,” Neaves said. “We are cooperating fully with the authorities. However, at this time, we have not received a police report and cannot provide further comment.”

The incident is getting attention on national news sites such as TMZ Sports and the Bleacher Report.

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