MADISON – Wisconsin junior Corey Clement received two citations for disorderly conduct in connection with an off-campus incident Nov.8 on Tuesday; an incident police said Clement threw the first punch after reviewing video evidence and interviewing participants and witness.
The report is the opposite of a release issued by the University of Wisconsin athletic department on Nov.12, saying:
“Clement was returning to his residence when he witnessed a verbal dispute between a security guard at his apartment building and a group of individuals. Clement became engaged in the dispute. He and the security guard were then assaulted by the individuals, resulting in a cut to Clement’s hand.”
According to the statement released by UW police: “The fight began as a verbal altercation in the elevator of Clement’s apartment building at the Hub, 437 N. Francis St., before spilling into a landing on the sixth floor. An escalating series of hostile exchanges between Clement and the group of seven to eight Asian-American men included what police described as Clement’s repeated use of “derogatory and sexually explicit language” toward the girlfriend of one of the two Asian men cited.”
UW released another statement Wednesday regarding the incident: "We were informed (Tuesday) by Madison Police that Corey Clement was cited for two counts of disorderly conduct for his role in an incident on Nov. 8. When we first became aware of this incident, we knew this was a possibility.
"We released a statement regarding Corey's involvement in the incident on Nov. 12 in response to false information that was circulating. That statement was based off of information that we had at that time. With the release of the full police report today, further details on the incident have come to light.
“The release stated that any disciplinary measures taken by Badgers football coach Paul Chryst relating to the incident "are undetermined at this time and will be handled internally."
Wisconsin (8-3, 5-2 Big Ten) plays at Minnesota (5-6, 2-5) Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal’s review of the 44-page investigative report, many of the accounts from the people involved are conflicting. Video from the building's security system appears to show the altercation beginning around 2 a.m., when Clement and a female security guard get on the elevator, standing in front of the group of Asian American men and one woman who had already boarded.
Clement, who lived on the building's 8th floor, and members of the group behind him are seen exchanging remarks -- the nature of which vary widely depending on who is telling the story -- before the elevator arrives on the sixth floor and everyone gets out. As remarks grow more heated, Clement is then described as punching one of the men in the face, knocking him to the ground, before a general melee briefly ensues involving Clement and three or four of the members of the opposing group.
The security guard is described as standing between Clement and the opposing group, and attempting to hold Clement back several times, but Clement repeatedly surges forward toward the other men anyway, appearing to reignite the dispute several times, according to detectives' account of the video.