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.

Dean of Students Paul Shang: "The behavior exhibited in the video is unacceptable and will not be tolerated on our campus."

"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.

"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.


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      Agilis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not okay with any of it really. If it were simply snow balls, I may have let it slide. However, once the snow was dumped in the car it became vandalism for me. Once again, mob mentality strikes again and the one-upmanship ensues. Ridiculous.
      kqr
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you want to have a snowball fight, great, as long as no one is forced to participate against their will. Your right to enjoy yourself ends when it intrudes upon someone else's right to not participate, or to go about their business without harassment. It's childish to not realize that not everyone wants to do the same thing you do exactly when and where you choose to do it. It also crosses the line when you're throwing things at vehicles, which in many states is illegal (snowballs included). It's pretty simple - respect people and their property. Notice how these things seldom happen one on one. The cowards hide in numbers, show off for each other, and run away from facing their victims.
        Henry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kqr
        Well said. Enough is enough before somebody gets hurt, including them.
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      "is the university taking things too far with Brown's suspension?" Hardly. UofO football players (and star college players in general) get away with a ton of stuff. I'm actually amazed the school had the [courage] to actually punish the guy.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      After having three windshields, one side window, a headlight and a side mirror broken over the years by snow balls (thrown by 15 to 25 year old's) just call the cops on them.
      kurohouou
      • 1 Year Ago
      What are kids thinking these days. These football players are supposed to be role models but a lot are just spoiled brats who I am sure if they made it to the NFL would be even more spoiled. Should be kicked off the team for this stupid behavior.
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kurohouou
        The kids think they are untouchable. It comes from growing up in a culture where you aren't allowed to punish bad kids but you are told to reward them for just showing up to the game.
      rbnhd1144
      • 1 Year Ago
      These players/teens are spoiled, its time they grew up.
      ragtopdodge
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bullys who think they have grown up, but just turned into frat boy, arrogant a-holes. Suspension is a slap on the wrist which technically was really assault.
        MotionDesigner
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ragtopdodge
        Assault, intimidation, harassment, bullying, inciting mob behavior, it's all there.
      TaekOne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bleh. It seemed pretty harmless until they started targeting/stopping the cars trying to get through. Watching the way some of the dudes were really leaning into their throws was unsettling. The only redeeming quality was when some of them seemed to attempt to calm everyone down. I'm glad to see the school dole out the punishments.
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's the same mob mentality that we all saw in the NY motorcycles vs Range Rover incident. Those dumb Ducks are lucky nobody freaked out and ran their stupid arses over!
      b.rn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's hear it for gang mentality.
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      The cars could have easily lost control and Darwinized a few of those brainless turds.
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