Carnell Davis, a Rutgers football star, was knocked out during a street fight on July 4, during a confrontation with 26-year-old Alexander Denafo. The 6-foot-1 freshman is a wide receiver for the Scarlet Knights and was playing football on the beach in Margate when the tussle began.
The incident, caught on camera by a bystander, ended with a swift knockout, Davis hitting the ground with a loud thud. According to reports, the freshman football player, and his boxing buddy, got into a dispute while playing beach football.
“Both men then mutually decided to leave the beach to continue the altercation which developed into a physical fight,” police explained in a statement. The footage, posted to Twitter with the caption “If you can’t fight, don’t fight,” shows Carnell Davis and Alexander Denafo in a residential area, likely near their makeshift football field.
The video is blurry, but Davis can be heard confronting Denafo, who presses his body forward toward the wide receiver. “You were just talking about you were going to f–k my mom,” Davis says, followed by an inaudible sentence that seems to rub Denafo the wrong way.
After Davis continues his confrontation, Denafo can be seen shoving the Rutgers football player several feet backward, before putting his hands up in a “boxer-like” stance. Both fighters take their place in the center of the screen, Denafo sporting a red cap, and Davis in a pair of blue shorts.
Alexander Denafo fakes a punch, causing Davis to flinch. Denafo then launches a right hook that slams Davis square in the jaw. The Rutgers wide receiver lands on the pavement with a heavy thud, his body limp for a moment as Denafo points out: “Just like that, I warned you.”
The camera rests on the passed-out football star until the 10-second clip cuts. Witnesses can be heard gasping as Davis slams into the asphalt, though it doesn’t appear in the video that any of the bystanders rush to his aid.
Carnell Davis’ knockout warranted a 911 call, and ambulances responded to the scene after reports claimed, “a man fell and suffered a split lip.” Davis was treated on the street, having refused to be taken to the hospital. He was later admitted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, though how long after the Fourth of July brawl is unknown. Davis was released on Tuesday, but his condition has not been detailed by police.
Carnell Davis, from Galloway, N.J., was recruited by Rutgers after his senior year at Eau Gallie High School in Florida. He was a three-star recruit coming out of his high school career and was regarded as the No. 7 player in Florida by ESPN.
Rutgers officials said in a statement that “our main concern is Carnell’s health and well-being,” and that “we look forward to getting him back on campus soon.” The Scarlet Knights have not revealed whether Davis will face any punishment going into the Season.
The video footage of the street fight has been viewed nearly 250,000 times on Twitter, and dozens of commenters used the platform to roast the wide receiver for his poor street fighting skills. “If you couldn’t fight before you came in you won’t be able to when you leave,” one commenter wrote. “Only difference is you’ll be more likely to get up. This man failed step two.”
“You can tell the way he squared up he was clueless,” another tweet read. “Aaaaaaand that’s how you get knocked out.”
The fight wasn’t without consequences. Alexander Denafo, from Ventor, was charged with simple assault. His first court appearance is scheduled on July 26, though it’s unclear if he has hired an attorney who will speak on his behalf.