This morning I read a couple of articles about an incident involving R&B diva Patti LaBelle and former West Point cadet Richard King. King, a football player at the Academy, was on the glide path to graduating from West Point and accepting a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army. Unfortunately, as a result of the beating he sustained at the hands of Patti LaBelle's bodyguards, he has been kicked out of West Point, been busted down to private, and will likely never play football again.
Apparently, Richard King was at the Houston airport, talking on his cell phone when he got a little too close to Patti LaBelle's luggage. LaBelle was sitting in a limo and signaled her bodyguards who then allegedly attacked King. They beat him up pretty well and he was carried away on a stretcher. The Houston cops who responded to the incident were later captured on film, posing for pictures with Patti LaBelle. Then, when King went back to West Point after his spring break, he got the news that he was going to be punished. As a result of being kicked out of the Academy, King is now on active duty and will likely be deployed within the next few months.
Actually... given the supposed extent of his injuries, I almost wonder if King will be medically cleared to deploy. It sounds like a combination of injuries he's sustained playing football and injuries inflicted by Patti LaBelle's goons might have really fucked him up.
Anyway, King has decided to sue Patti LaBelle, since she ordered the attack and did nothing to stop it. If his version of events are true, I don't blame him for suing and I hope he wins. On the other hand, it seems to me that the United States Army might also have a case for a lawsuit. They invested years into making Richard King into an officer. Now he's been demoted and may be too injured to be of as much use to the Army.
I'm sure there's more to the story than what's in the article I read. It did say that King had been drinking alcohol on his flight to Houston and that perhaps he was drunk. He claims he wasn't drunk, but plenty of people under the influence claim they're not drunk when they really are. And maybe he did become violent at some point, although I think if some strange guy attacked me while I was talking on the phone, minding my own business, I'd probably get violent, too.
It'll be interesting to see how this situation pans out.