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The sons of famous musicians and actors aren’t typically averse to the occasional misadventure. In this case, however, the misadventure in question involved two sons of a famous musician and the son of a college baseball coach to boot. Near the end of July, John Mellencamp’s sons Speck and Hud and Indiana University baseball coach Tracy Smith’s boy Ty were allegedly involved in a fight following a house party just off the campus in Bloomington, Indiana. The renter of the home was injured in said altercation, and after a multiple week investigation, warrants were issued for the three men.
According to The Indianapolis Star, the problems started during a July 29th shindig thrown by an unidentified nineteen-year-old man and his roommates. During the event, a skirmish broke out and Speck, 18, was allegedly punched in the face. A few hours later, after the party had ended, Speck allegedly returned with his brother Hud, 19, who won Golden Gloves boxing titles in Indiana in ’09, ’10 and ’11 and their buddy Ty. Following a brief argument, Speck allegedly floored the random renter with a vicious punch, leading to a full-on brawl that ended in the Mellencamps and Smith fleeing. It’s unclear if they left because the tide was turning or because their job was done, but either way, the police charged all involved with assault.
You can take a look at Speck’s mugshot below…
And you can also take a glance at Hud’s…
I attended college at Indiana University; so, I can attest to the fact that the occasional fight does break out at house parties in Bloomington. Ordinarily, it’s the sort of thing people deal with on their own via ice packs and cheap beers, but this brawl seems to have spiraled well beyond an ordinary college brouhaha and into a far more serious level, though exactly how serious will be determined by prosecutors and a jury later on.
Maybe Speck really was sucker punched prior to the second altercation. Maybe we haven’t been given all the facts yet. Regardless, hopefully all involved will be able to figure out how to move forward and balance justice with offering slaps on the wrist for what was essentially a stupid college brawl.
It’s highly unlikely Daddy Mellencamp will weigh in on what happened, but if he does, we’ll make sure to let you know his thoughts.