Former UofL football players charged with assaulting teammate

By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - WAVE 3 has uncovered court documents in connection with a violent assault in the locker room at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium late last year. Police reports say twin brothers on the University of Louisville football team violently assaulted another player after a practice in October over a football dispute.

Reports call it a violent attack that caused "serious physical injury." According to the arrest slip, former football players and twin brothers Isaac and Jacob Geffrad were charged in November, but the documents describing what happened have just been released.

The Geffrad brothers are accused of attacking Patrick Grant while he was sitting in the football locker room at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium after practice. According to Derwin Webb, who is Jacob's attorney, they exchanged words and the "altercation" had to do with football.

"From what I understand it was {about} a performance, performance," said Webb. "There weren't any issues as far as any females or anything like that, just some concerns about practice."

According to court records, the brothers are charged for hitting Grant with their fists, which the Criminal Complaint Summons calls "dangerous instruments." Grant went to the hospital with fractured bones in the face.

"If someone's assaulted you, look at what they were assaulted with, and fists can be considered dangerous instruments," said Lt. Col. Kenny Brown with University of Louisville Police, the agency which handled the initial complaint.

The summons reads Grant has had two surgeries to try to save sight in his left eye and to repair the bone structure around his eye socket. Webb agrees it was a serious incident, but thinks it been blown out of proportion.

"To my knowledge he was not within an inch of losing his sight, but there were some injuries that were sustained and those injuries from what I understand have been corrected," said Webb.

Webb said the Geffrads knew Grant from Florida and they were friends.

The athletics page on UofL's website no longer lists the Geffrad twins on the football roster, but their bios were still posted as part of the 2009 roster. A spokesman for the football program says the two were kicked off the team shortly after the incident.

Jacob and Isaac Geffrad are both charged with first degree assault and are due in court on Feb. 3.

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