Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Man Allegedly Beaten by Cal U Football Players in Serious Condition

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Man Allegedly Beaten by Cal U Football Players in Serious Condition

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Lewis Campbell III moved to Washington County from West Chester to be with his girlfriend, his father said Friday from his son's hospital room at Allegheny General Hospital.

He was defending that woman, Shareese Asparagus, 22, of West Chester after she exchanged words with one of five California University of Pennsylvania football players later charged with severely beating Mr. Campbell III early Thursday outside Spuds restaurant in California, Pa.

"He was out with his girl to get something to eat," said Mr. Campbell Jr. "The guy said something to the girl and he defended her. He had a very strong sense of protecting his girlfriend, his child, or anyone he's related to. If any of his friends or family are threatened, he will rise to their defense immediately."

Mr. Campbell III, 30, was in serious condition Friday evening, according to a hospital spokeswoman. He had been listed in critical condition when he was flown by helicopter to the hospital early Thursday. Mr. Campbell Jr. said a doctor told him Friday that his son had blood on his brain but was stable.

"He's waking up from time to time but acting out," Mr. Campbell Jr. said. "It looks like he's disoriented. He's trying to get out of bed. He's so disoriented it scares all of us."

Mr. Campbell said his son was not a student at the university. He had been working at a baby food manufacturing plant in West Chester before he moved to Washington County in October to be with Ms. Asparagus, a student at Cal U.. They had been dating for a couple of months, Mr. Campbell Jr. said.

"He's a hard worker," Mr. Campbell said of his son. "He has a very strong family-protective thing about him."

Mr. Campbell said he did not know of any relationship between his son and the football players who allegedly attacked him.

"One thing that should be understood is that people go to school for [an] education, and if you're involved in sports you have the opportunity to do something with your life," he said. …

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