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Police said they’ve linked three University of New Mexico football players to the crime. Bryant Williams, Julion Conley and Joe Harris have all been suspended from the team.
Security guard Darren Phillips has swelling on the side of his head after he said a UNM football player kicked him outside of the club.
“I had a mark across [my face] that looked like it was a shoe,” Phillips said.
Phillips said he lost hearing for at least 12 hours after the scuffle.
“At that time, I thought I have permanent hearing loss. What am I going to do now,” Phillips said. “It was definitely something I would never want to go through again.”
Club surveillance video shows the start of the brawl. Phillips said he tried to intervene when the three football players barricaded the front door because they were furious they and a group of friends couldn’t get in. A number of fake IDs were confiscated, Phillips said.
“I said, ‘Excuse me, let me out.’ Then he slammed the door back and then I knew something was going on,” Phillips said.
The group then surrounded a handful of workers at Lotus and started throwing punches, Phillips said. He said the guards were outnumbered and didn’t stand a chance.
“Once you see one of your friends on the ground being kicked in the face, and there’s nothing you can do about it, that’s pretty horrifying,” Phillips said.
Phillips said he’s never seen anything like it and he’s thankful UNM suspended the football players who police linked to the incident.
“People like that need to be in jail. If you can’t control better that. That was a mob mentality,” Phillips said.
The owner of Lotus Nightclub said the three football players are no longer allowed in the club. He also may file a lawsuit.