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Alleged victim says CSU players getting special treatment

8:20 PM, Apr 27, 2012   |    comments
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"How do you go from attempted murder to disorderly conduct? It's a Class 3 misdemeanor. It's a slap on the wrist," Haley, a freshman at CSU, said.

Haley says on April 6, he and three friends were walking near Laporte Avenue and Shields Street in Fort Collins when an SUV pulled up containing football players Mike Orakpo, Nordly Capi, and Colton Paulhus. That's when Haley says they started attacking him, Donny Gocha and another friend.

"All of a sudden three people came out of the back of the car and started hitting [Gocha] on the back of the head," Haley said.

Gocha's face was so swollen, an investigating police officer wrote that he looked like "The Elephant Man." But when the charges came out Thursday, Gocha was also charged with disorderly conduct.

"How does the person getting stomped on get the same charges as the people that are stomping on his head?" Haley said.

That's not all.

According to the 90-page police report, investigators found drugs and paraphernalia in the homes of Orakpo, Capi and Palhus. Orakpo and Capi live together in Fort Collins. The police report states that during the execution of a search warrant, investigators found syringes and vials of liquid that appear to be anabolic steroids along with marijuana pipes. The same was found in the home of Palhus and investigators also found a bag of marijuana in Paulhus.

No one was charged with drug possession and Haley can't believe the players were not charged with assault.

"It makes you question, how are they not getting special treatment?" Haley said.

When 9NEWS tried to get a comment from CSU, a spokesperson referred us to the district attorney's office. When 9NEWS tried to get comment from Fort Collins Police, a spokesperson there said the same thing. When 9NEWS tried to get an explanation over the lack of charges against the football players, a spokesperson with the DA's office cited state law disallowing her to comment on pending cases.

"It's despicable to say the least," Haley said. "They should be in prison for what they did to Donny [Gocha] and what they did to me."

Haley says he is getting support from other students across campus, including other football players.

"Probably 10 to 20 football players came to our room being like that is not what we're about," Haley said. "We're not all out doing this."

Haley says he is considering getting an attorney and filing a civil lawsuit against the players if cannot get justice out of the criminal justice system.

CSU is conducting an investigation into this case and may take action against the players.

"The university has to expel them," Haley said. "If they don't expel them, I'm gone. I'm transferring universities."

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