Ole Miss’ Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche have denied all allegations made against them in a $2 million civil suit. In addition, the Nkemdiches filed a counter-claim against plaintiff Matthew Baird. The two are seeking an unspecified amount in damages for what they say are “untrue and false statements” in Baird’s original suit. An answer to that suit and a counter-claim was filed Thursday in Lafayette County Circuit Court. Baird filed his claim on Feb. 14, alleging that the Nkemdiche brothers as well as five unnamed individuals beat him while he was unconscious outside of the Kappa Alpha fraternity house on Feb. 17, 2013. Baird alleges that Denzel Nkemdiche first attacked him, then Robert Nkemdiche and the others stomped on his head. Ole Miss has publicly defended the brothers, and Robert Nkemdiche remains a member in good standing on the football team. Denzel Nkemdiche is suspended and will miss the team’s season opener against Boise State, but the punishment was because of an unrelated incident in February. The Ole Miss Police Department never pursued charges in the case. UPD Captain Michael Harmon said that, “A person was hit but he didn’t know who hit him.” In separate documents that mirror each other, the Nkemdiches’ response reads: “Nkemdiche would state and show that he suffered and sustained harm, injuries, damages, and/or losses as a result of the false and defamatory statements made by plaintiff/counter-defendant Matthew Baird and that, therefore, Nkemdiche is entitled to a judgement against (Baird) for compensatory damages in an amount to be determined by the jury.” The two are also seeking court costs and attorney fees.
Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche file counter-suit against accuser
Clarion-Ledger | Mar 12