Rutgers Football Player KO'd in Violent Street Fight, Alleged Puncher Charged W/ Assault
Rutgers Football PlayerKO'd In Violent Street Fight... Alleged Puncher Charged W/ Assault
7/7/2021 6:54 AM PT
3:23 PM PT -- Cops say Davis' punch suspect has now been charged with one count of simple assault ... adding witnesses told them the whole fight started because of a tiff during a 4th of July beach football game.
The Margate City Police Dept. tells TMZ Sports ... witnesses told them Davis and 26-year-old Alexander A. Denafo were playing on the sand when they got into an argument.
Cops say witnesses told them the verbal altercation then spilled onto a nearby street ... where the two men then physically fought.
According to police, medical officials responded to the scene initially based on a report that Davis had fallen and split his lip.
Later, though, cops say they learned of "the serious nature of Davis' injuries" and launched an investigation ... ultimately leading to a criminal charge against Denafo.
Cops tell us Denafo is due in court to face the charge on July 26.
They added Davis was released from the hospital on Tuesday after being treated for his injuries.
Carnell Davis -- a freshman wide receiver on the Rutgers football team -- was reportedly knocked out by a violent punch in a street fight ... and the whole incident was apparently caught on video.
It's unclear where and when the altercation took place ... but The Press of Atlantic Cityreports the 6-foot-1, 175-pound wideout is the shirtless man wearing blue shorts in the footage that was posted on social media this week.
In the clip, you can see the man purported to be Davis, get into a tiff with another shirtless male in a red hat apparently over comments about Davis' mother.
The man in the blue shorts can be heard on the footage saying, "you were just talking about you were going to f*** my mom" -- before the two squared up to fight.
Eventually, the man in the red hat tagged the other male in the chin with a right hook ... sending him crashing to the ground.
It's unknown if Davis suffered any severe injuries ... a spokesperson for the Rutgers football team issued a short statement to The Press of Atlantic City, only saying the freshman is currently at home "recovering."
"Our main concern is Carnell’s health and well-being," the spokesperson said. "He is home with his family and continues to make progress in his recovery."
"We look forward to getting him back on campus soon."
We've reached out to both Rutgers and law enforcement for further comment, but so far, no word back yet.