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Wrong Mississippi State player arrested for assault, claims alleged victim's attorney

Offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins was charged for the alleged incident.

An alleged on-campus assault of a Mississippi State undergraduate could involve at least two MSU football players. Attorneys for the victim claim a different player charged in connection with the incident wasn't involved.

James Meyers, a 21-year-old junior, claims he was assaulted on campus Feb. 25 by two 19-year-old redshirt freshmen, Grant Harris and Brandon Bryant. Harris is a 6'3, 270-pound defensive tackle, and Bryant is a 5'11, 200-pound defensive back.

But according to Meyers' attorney, university police have arrested a third player, 19-year-old Elgton Jenkins, in connection with the incident. Jenkins is a 6'4, 285-pound offensive lineman.

SB Nation has obtained two affidavits sworn out in Oktibbeha County Justice Court on March 2 and March 4 and signed by Judge deputy clerk Georgia Alexander. Meyers identifies Bryant and Harris as his assailants. The affidavit against Harris is for felony assault, as Meyers claims Harris punched him in the face, causing a broken nose, broken teeth and a contusion to the right eye. Bryant is listed as causing bodily injury by striking Meyers in the face with a snowball.

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According to Detective Brad Massey of the MSU Police Department, Jenkins was arrested Thursday on a warrant for misdemeanor simple assault. Attorney Robert Wilkins confirmed that per the alleged victim, Jenkins was present at the incident.

"We were told Jenkins was arrested in connection with the assault on my client. If there is an affidavit against Jenkins, you’d have to ask the prosecutor and the Mississippi State Police Department. My client signed an affidavit against Grant Harris and Brandon Bryant," Wilkins said Monday.

The department would not comment on the affidavits against Harris and Bryant.

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"It's highly unusual for the affidavits to be sworn and then not served without arrests and then a third party is arrested," said Wilkins. "In my 15 years I've never seen anything like this."

Mississippi State issued a statement from head coach Dan Mullen on Monday: "We have very high standards and expectations for all of our student-athletes. Any time an accusation is made against one of our student-athletes, we investigate fully and not jump to any conclusions."

Update: The school issued the following statement:

While Mississippi State University normally does not comment on legal matters, a post today on the website SB Nation merits a response.
The post, which contains factual errors that call into question the credibility of the overall post, in great measure represents only the claims and assertions of the personal injury attorney and fails on a number of levels to accurately portray the actions of the university, the MSU Police Department, the MSU Athletics Department and our students.
At this point, there exists significant confusion as to the actual facts of this incident. The university will continue to interact appropriately with law enforcement and the judicial system as these facts are sorted out in a manner that protects the rights of all MSU students.
On March 4, 2015, MSU received notification of a potential civil legal claim from a Jackson personal injury lawyer regarding activities subsequent to an apparent snowball fight among MSU students on the evening of Feb. 25, 2015.
MSU, our university police, our Athletics Department and all others in a position of authority have fully cooperated in this ongoing investigation and will continue to do so. Claims to the contrary simply are not accurate.
The university will not be drawn into a scenario of litigating this matter in the press or online and will have no additional comment on this matter at this time.