With winter kicking off, people across the country are coming to grips with that horrible white substance we call snow. And while we, as motorists, might be sick of the stuff already, some college students in Oregon saw it as an opportunity to have some fun, although as things are wont to do in college, matters got out of hand rather quickly.
A giant snowball fight, orchestrated by members of the University of Oregon's football team, quickly escalated into an assault on passing cars, as students and student-athletes pelted vehicles with snow and stopped traffic on one of the university's side streets. A video of the fight has now gone viral, and shows one of the cars, supposedly driven by a professor, getting covered in snow. When the driver gets out to confront the students, he's then drilled with snowballs and has a bucket dumped on him.
"The police department is investigating. They are trying to identify as many of the students that are involved as possible," said Joe Mosely, a spokesman for the university. Meanwhile, the University of Oregon Athletic Department is swinging into action, suspending the Ducks' starting tight end, Pharaoh Brown, for his part in the fracas. He'll now miss Oregon's game against the University of Texas Longhorns at the Alamo Bowl later this month. Other players that took part are being disciplined, as well.
Dean of Students Paul Shang: "The behavior exhibited in the video is unacceptable and will not be tolerated on our campus."
"The behavior exhibited in the video is unacceptable and will not be tolerated on our campus. We will use this incident as an opportunity to remind our campus community of the positive values and quality of character that we as a university hold dear," said Dean of Students Paul Shang, in a statement picked up by ABC News.
We've got video of the fight down below, and we'd like to know what you think – is the university taking things too far with Brown's suspension? Should charges be filed against the participants? Have your say in Comments.