Two former U of L football players charged with assault

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 28, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 28 at 7:34 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - A fight in the locker room leads to two former University of Louisville players being criminally charged.  One player says twin brothers assaulted him with a metal plate in his head.



Jacob and Isaac Geffrad are charged with first degree assault.  Court documents say they attacked their teammate Patrick Grant in October in the locker room at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.  Grant says Jacob Geffrad accused him of not practicing hard enough.



“Basically Isaac was holding Patrick while Jacob hit him,” said Gregg Hovious, Grant’s attorney.  “Then he said to Patrick ‘fight me’ and he said I don’t want to fight you and then an assault took place and very shortly after that assault started Jacob’s brother jumped in as well.  After the incident Grant went to the hospital. He had to have surgery immediately without anesthesia to relieve a hemorrhage behind the eye then a second major surgery took place a few days later because his orbital bone was completely crushed,” said Hovious.



The Geffrad brothers were kicked off the team in November.  The twins will be in court next week.  Their attorneys hope to have the charges reduced.



“I think it is a little blown out of proportion because they were kids that turned to a fight and it escalated and we are at this point right now,” said Derwin Webb, Jacob Geffard’s attorney. “He wishes that things had not escalated the way they did but they did happen that way.  I’m sure that all parties involved wished they could take those acts back.”



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