Witnesses: USC basketball players involved in Downtown Spokane fight

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by COLE HEATH & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 3:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Several members of the USC basketball team brawled in Downtown Spokane Saturday night, according to witnesses.

Police are now looking into those claims after four people were sent to the hospital because of the fights.

Witnesses list several basketball players who may be involved, but officers have yet to confirm any identities.

“I’m not going to guess at why, but there’s no justification for their actions. There’s no reason why,” Noel Macapagal of The Wave on First Avenue said.

At closing time, Macapagal got a call from some employees about a huge fight a block away. He says it was the second fight of the night. The first allegedly started at MarQuee Lounge with the same group of people.

“They were saying they were with USC. They were shouting anti-Spokane rhetoric,” Macapagal said.

Spokane police say the descriptions they have also fit two USC players. Macapagal said he ran into the same guys at Satellite Diner early Sunday morning.

“Immediately out of the Satellite comes one of the assailants. The first person of inertest was 7-feet-tall, 260 pounds and is the center for USC. He was looking drunk, looking belligerent, calling out our guys, basically admitting to what he had done. [Including] hitting several people, including two women,” Macapagal said.

That’s when another fight broke out.

Witnesses’ pictures show some of the injuries. In all, four people were taken to the hospital.

While investigators have not named names, they do say several basketball players from out of town were involved in a fight. USC was in town to play WSU Saturday.

Police have not arrested anyone.

KREM 2 contacted the USC basketball program. The school did not return the calls.

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