Blame it on being spoiled rotten as children of a superstar, blame it on feeling superior as college athletes, blame it on a previous altercation, blame it on whatever you want.
The only thing we know at this point is that superstar (albeit aging) rocker John Mellencamp’s boys are in some serious trouble. Hud Mellencamp, 19, a sophomore walk-on cornerback at Duke, Speck Mellencamp, 18, and Ty Smith, 19, a freshman walk-on wide receiver at Indiana, and the son of IU baseball coach Tracy Smith, allegedly attacked a person without any sort of prior warning.
All three have been arrested and charged with felony battery for assaulting a man in Nashville, Ind., a suburb of Bloomington, where IU’s campus is located. The actions took place in July.
This according to The Herald Times:
According to a report from BPD Detective Rick Crussen, the man who was injured had been sitting on his front porch with two friends when the Mellencamps and Smith walked up the steps. He said he asked them what they wanted, then was struck in the face by Speck Mellencamp.
After that, “he began being punched, kicked and stomped by Speck Mellencamp and the other two males. They have been identified as Hud Mellencamp and Ty Smith,” the probable-cause affidavit in the case states.
Three roommates inside the house heard the commotion, ran outside and pulled the three assailants off the man. The man said that as he stood up, Speck Mellencamp knocked him backward off the porch, a drop of several feet. The man said Speck Mellencamp continued punching with his fists until one of the roommates intervened.
Witnesses said the Mellencamps and Smith then ran from the scene. They also reported that the three did not say anything, striking without warning. People who were there confirmed that the three hit and kicked the man while he was down on the ground.
Hud is a trained boxer. Apparently, younger brother Speck had been at the same house earlier that night and had gotten hit by a man after two girls were fighting over him (make of that what you will). Angered, Speck returned later with big brother and buddy.
Hud’s coach at Duke, David Cutcliffe, was understandably not happy, although he has not taken any actions regarding a punishment for his player at this time.
He gave the News & Observer a short email:
“We are aware of the charges that Hud Mellencamp faces in Indiana. Currently, we are giving him the opportunity to return to Indiana to address his legal issues. We will refrain from any further comment until more information becomes available.”