First came the savage beating of Oregon kicker Rob Beard late Saturday night. Beard was in a fight involving at least 20 people and lost consciousness after being kicked in the head by several people. He suffered multiple facial fractures and was rushed to a local hospital, which initially listed his condition as critical.
The good news is that Beard is expected to be released from the hospital this week.
Shortly after midnight and only a few blocks away, a theft of two MacBook Pro computers and a guitar were reported from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
That's where the confusion (coverup?) begins.
The Oregonian first reported the possible involvement of standout quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and receiver Garrett Embry in the heist. Fraternity member Max Wolfard accused the players of making off with the goods.
Tuesday's editions of the Oregon Daily Emerald, the student newspaper, reported that two messages were left for its staff early Sunday from a phone belonging to fraternity member Wayne Kohnke.
"Hello," one of the messages said. "Wake up. It's the story of a lifetime. Jeremiah Masoli and Garrett Embry just stole all of my friend's possessions. They're a bunch of f--king hoodrats, and we need a story run on this. Do you understand?"
A later version of the story took out the hoodrats comment. Screengrabs of each story are at the end of the post.
"I know for a fact that they're not related,'' he said.
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