Afterward he yelled, “one punch, kid!”
Of course, he later got arrested. We imagine that’s kind of how Benjamin Hawkins, an assistant football coach at Bradford County High School in Starke, Fla., knocked out John Massie in Vegas early Wednesday.
That is, with one little twist. This incident ended with a dead body.
Hawkins and Massie, who’s from Utah, got into a verbal altercation in a restroom at O’Shea’s Casino. The verbal sparring escalated to the point where Hawkins punched Massie in the face — a blow that ultimately killed him.
Massie, who is white, made a comment to Hawkins about “a black man in a yellow shirt.” They left the restroom with Hawkins following Massie. Massie stopped in front of a Burger King restaurant, put his hands in his pockets, and then said something to Hawkins.
Police say Hawkins said something back to Massie, then turned his back as if to walk away. Hawkins then turned around very quickly, and reportedly struck Massie on the left jaw. Massie fell straight onto his back/head, at which time his hands came out of his pockets according to police.
Massie was pronounced dead at 1:08 a.m. at the Desert Springs Hospital.
Hawkins was booked on one count of open murder.
We don’t want to jump to conclusions, but we can’t recall an instance when it paid to be a racist prick.
As Smokey would say, “you got knocked the f#$% out!”