No arrests at all for Mansel Simmons assault? Report says it's a possibility

We're sure Robb Akey still wishes he had a job, but we're also pretty sure he's happy to not be a part of this mess. - Crystal Logiudice-US PRESSWIRE

We joked Tuesday that the fight between members of the WSU and Idaho football teams resembled a bad gang movie from the 1960s. Turns out, we might not have been that far off.

When a large fight on a street leaves one man unconscious with head injuries -- as WSU receiver Mansel Simmons was on Sunday -- one would assume that police would be able to use all those witnesses to get to the bottom of exactly what happened and figure out who is responsible.

I guess that gets a lot harder when everyone is pointing the finger at everyone else.

The Daily Evergreen reported yesterday that the Idaho player who is alleged to have assaulted Simmons actually has admitted to the act, but Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant said there isn't yet enough evidence to press charges.

Why is that? Howie Stalwick has the details:

Tennant said Simmons and an unidentified Idaho Vandals football player suspected of punching Simmons both claim they acted in self-defense. Tennant said other conflicting statements from some of the estimated 20 people at the scene could make it impossible to determine guilt for assault or any other crime.

"We're at a quandary ... not everyone is telling the truth," Tennant said.

Believe it or not, that means arrests might not be possible. This is how most gang crimes go unsolved ... but nope, none of that behavior here!

Additionally, they haven't quite gotten to the bottom of the knife thing. Oh, and there's this, too:

A gun was discovered in the parking lot the following morning.

Well OK then. Maybe we all should just be happy that the worst thing that happened was one guy getting sent to the hospital who has since been released.

And about that vandalized car ... back to the Evergreen:

UI players allege WSU players damaged the car in response to the fight.

"It seems reasonable," Tennant said. "However, it's a long ways from determining probable cause."

As Mike Holmgren used to famously say: Nothing good happens after midnight.

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