Ole Miss Coach's Arrest Caught on Camera
POSTED: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 8:32pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm
NBC affiliate WLWT has obtained the video taken by a Cincinnati police dashboard camera during the arrest of Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy.
Kennedy was arrested Dec. 18 on charges of punching a cab driver and shouting racial slurs at him.
The police video, which runs more than an hour in length, reveals what happened during the time Kennedy and William Armstrong, director of basketball operations for Ole Miss, were pulled over and arrested by police.
The video starts as officers order Kennedy and Armstrong to get out of their car. The tension was undeniable.
“Get out, face the car and put your hands behind your back. One move and you’re lit,” said the officer. “Face the cab … now. Do it now!”
Kennedy tried to explain who he was and why he was in Cincinnati.
“I’m here for the Big East SEC challenge,” Kennedy was heard saying on the video. “I’m playing Louisville and Rick Pitino tomorrow. I was the UC head coach. I am going to be on national television. If I’m not standing there at 9 p.m. tomorrow, this is an international altercation.”
Officers appeared to be in no mood to talk.
“Can I speak to you sir?” asked Kennedy of the officer.
“No,” the officer replied.
“You won’t let me speak to you,” Kennedy asked.
“You turn on me one more time, I’m going to start making some more charges. Do you understand me?” the officer responded.
“I want to talk to you,” Kennedy insisted.
“I don’t want to talk to you,” continued the officer. “You are being taken to the scene. If you are positively ID’d, you will go to the justice center and be charged for assault.”
The cab driver, Mohamed Moctar Ould Jiddou, told police he picked up Kennedy and his friends after they were ejected from a bar.
Jiddou told them there wasn’t enough room to get everyone in the cab.
“It was ridiculous,” Kennedy explained to the officer. “He said you can’t come so we said we’re gonna get out of your cab, and that’s when all this started. Sir, please!”
Jiddou said Kennedy punched him in the face.
In court papers, Kennedy is accused of calling Jiddou ‘Osama bin Laden’, ‘Saddam Hussein’ and a ‘Sand n-word’.
“There was a verbal altercation,” Kennedy told the officer. “They wouldn’t allow one more guy in a cab, and the consequence is I get arrested and we have this issue?”
“That’s what‘s going on right now,” replied the officer.
“That makes no sense sir,” said Kennedy.
Kennedy’s friend told police that the cab driver is the one who used a racial slur, calling an African-American companion of Kennedy’s the ‘n-word’.
Armstrong couldn’t contain himself when the cab driver denied it to police.
“You did everything as much as we did,” shouted Armstrong. “You said f__ you, get out of my cab. Didn’t you? Didn’t you say that? You’re a lying mother f__er. You did say that. Didn’t you say it? Say you said it.”
“That’s enough,” said the officer.
“You said it and you know it,” continued Armstrong.
“I’m telling you that’s enough,” said the officer.
“I’ll go to jail. I don’t care. He knows he said that. He knows he said it,” continued Armstrong.
The outburst led to Armstrong facing disorderly conduct charges. Kennedy was charged with misdemeanor assault, but only after pleading with police more than once to let him go.
“I’m begging you. I’m looking at you. Please look at me. This is … this is a major deal man,” pleaded Kennedy.
“I understand sir, but if I don’t do this, I could lose my job,” said the officer.
“It’s not worth it. Please trust me. Please trust me on this. This is going to be a national incident sir,” continued Kennedy.
“Sir, everything you’re saying right now is being recorded,” replied the officer.
“No, I understand that,” said Kennedy.
“You think we’ve never arrested somebody that’s made national media? … We deal with the Bengals all the time,” said the officer.
Kennedy’s assault trial is scheduled for April. City prosecutors included the video tapes on a list of evidence they plan to use at trial.
Kennedy has filed a defamation lawsuit against Jiddou and a valet, Michael Strother, who said he witnessed the attack and corroborated Jiddou’s story.
An amendment was filed to that lawsuit a few days later adding Kennedy’s wife to the suit and a claim of ‘loss of consortium’, or damaging the couple’s married life.
Both Jiddou and Strother have filed countersuits seeking damages from the Kennedys.