Video: “Two Resisting Arrest Charges? I’m Done With Football”

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A revealing, and at times poignant, video of NDSU football star Travis Beck in the back of a squad car following his altercation with another man at a Fargo bar. A visibly drunk Beck discusses the fight (“I asked him if he wanted to go outside”), the repercussions for his college career (“No parent is gonna want their 11-year-old around me”), the accusation of resisting arrest (“Did I run away from you guys? Sorry about that.”) and expresses outrage that the other guy in the fight wasn’t charged (“Seriously?”).

Beck may be right about that. They both should have been charged. But it boggles the mind that Beck, who was clearly a co-instigator in the fight by his own admission, is getting away with knocking someone unconscious without any criminal repercussions at all.

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To Beck’s credit, he’s pretty candid with the officer in the video, though that’s probably the booze talking. But again, it’s hard to see how the other videos (which aren’t conclusive of anything) exonerate a guy who admitted to inviting the other guy outside to fight, and then knocked him out.

Again, I think Birch Burdick knew he wouldn’t be making any friends with voters in the heart of Bison country by prosecuting Beck, so took the easy way out.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Gern Blanston

    I wonder what kind of confessions we would have heard if the other guys were recorded in the back of a squad car. I guess we’ll never know. They weren’t arrested because they didn’t assault anyone or resist arrest. Did they have the opportunity to resist arrest?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      The officer says in the video that the other guy wasn’t arrested.

      • Gern Blanston

        Right. So we’ll never know if they would have resisted arrest; thus we’ll never see their squad car video highlighting THEIR drunken stupidity.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          You’re right. I think it was a mistake not to arrest the other guy too.

          But what we have in evidence is Beck saying he invited the guy outside to fight. We know that Beck knocked the guy out. And we know that Beck admitted to resisting arrest.

          • devilschild

            In the video you can clearly see that outside the Drunken Noodle the woman tried to get the other guy not to fight but he brushed her off. He was obviously all worked up and spoiling for a fight. He was a willing participant. Sure he was knocked out but it wasn’t from a sucker punch like what occurred outside the REA a few years back.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            That’s fair.

            And i say, charge them both. But don’t let Beck off the hook.

          • Gern Blanston

            My larger point is that while this blog is quick to point out what appears to be unfair treatment under the law because he’s a ‘star’, he is also getting his unfair amount of scrutiny. There are dozens of similar incidents at bars in Fargo (and most places) every weekend. But none of those offenders get their drunken ramblings inside the cop car posted for the world to see. Stated another way: the other guy ‘lost’ the drunken fight; but Beck loses as he gets the embarrassment of his drunken foolishness put on public display.

          • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

            That’s right, they’re not wearing the uniforms the states favorite sports teams.

          • Gern Blanston

            I guess I would also ask – how would you like to see them charged? Both get a drunken disorderly, and beck gets the bonus resisting charge? But most importantly, you want to see him kicked off the football team permanently. Combine his prior ‘minor’ (and resisting?) plus these two charges, and if NDSU had any principles, they would cut his scholarship and banish him from the team – maybe kick him out of school. Sound about ideal? Then you would be satisfied and then you could focus on the inconsistencies with the petition fraud football players.

          • Mike

            Beck said in the video that the other guy push him while they were inside, then he said not in here let’s take it outside.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Absolutely. Really, they’re both guilty.

          • HG

            Sounds like a mutual combat to me. Is that against the law in ND?

          • Matthew Hawkins

            Mutual combat would be a defense to aggravated assault. It is hard to argue that you were assaulted (put in fear of your life or health) if you agreed to the fight.
            However, law enforcement usually frowns on fights of any type, so there a probably a litany of lesser crimes they can be charged with.

  • Captornado

    Should charge with a seat belt violation too!

    • PK

      It’s hard to buckle your seat belt with your hands cuffed behind your back. It’s the cop’s job to buckle him up.

  • Bruce Wold

    Everyone is responsible for their behavior, but am wondering if this bar is concerned about serving obviously drunk individuals.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      That’s a cop-out.

      Drunks are responsible for being drunk.

      • devilschild

        Have you read the law concerning bartenders serving people that are obviously intoxicated?

        • Onslaught1066

          Have you read the laws concerning kidnapping and superstitiously introducing foreign substances to unwitting persons?

          • devilschild

            I have a family member that was murdered after unknowingly ingesting GHB … so yeah I know quite a bit about the subject. Do a search on the murder of Jason Shephard from Cavalier. ND. That will give you an idea of the knowledge my family gained during the trial.

          • Onslaught1066

            That’s good to know, so you are aware that you have just accused the Bartender of going out into the street, dragging this football player into his establishment and pumping him full of alcohol all against his will.

            BTW you may want to consult Sparky Buttfuckle before you try to give me too much personal information that can be used against you at some later date.

          • devilschild

            I never said anything of the sort and you are well aware of it. You’re active imagination is working overtime once again. Nice mouth by the way. And I’m not worried in the least about you or anyone else discovering personal information about me. Good luck. If you really are that talented you should consider getting a job with the NSA.

          • Onslaught1066

            When you go out of your way to mitigate the responsibility of the drinker and make him out to be some sort of victim you most certainly did say “anything of the sort”, that you aren’t well aware of it, is not at all surprising.

            Since you aren’t worried about what I might find out, perhaps you’ll answer a question for me.

            Was your mother out cruising for the next future ex “Uncle Dad” for you when she got herself killed for not putting out fast enough for that guy?

          • devilschild

            You have serious issues. Maybe you should take a moment and try to figure them out.

          • Onslaught1066

            So, you do have skeletons best left in your psychological closet after all.

            I thought so.

          • devilschild

            Between you and the gang on CNN I’m wondering if we didn’t have a full moon tonight.

          • Onslaught1066

            Two more questions,

            How much, before she died that is, did your mother charge her boyfriends for sex?

            And, did she give you a family discount?

          • devilschild

            Why do you have two screen names Two Amber Lamps? Aren’t you man enough to stick with one?

          • Onslaught1066

            She made you pay full price!?

            How sad and pathetic for you.

  • http://www.thattalldude.com Shawn K

    When this behavior gets to be so rampant among such a specific group over an extended period of time, it’s time to start cutting funding to the school. This isn’t some random freshman the first time away from home, but a prominent athlete on the school football team. The coaches need to hold them to a higher standard and discipline appropriately.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      They should, Shawn, but they won’t.

      • Geoff Bosse

        Save this post Rob…. If he remains suspended we’ll have to remember this

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          And if he doesn’t, we’ll have to remember it as well.

          I hope I’m wrong.

          • Geoff Bosse

            I hate to say this, but I hope ur wrong too. As much as I love the bison, I feel it’s best for the program to let Beck go. Otherwise no lesson learned and he or some other player will be back in the news again.

  • PK

    Right..

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

    Oh come on, if Beck wasn’t buckled up that’s the cop’s fault. He was put in the car handcuffed.

  • ec99

    So, while there are riots in Istanbul and a national election in Iran, we discuss a drunken thug who plays for a minor league NCAA football team.

    • Gern Blanston

      Well, it may be minor league, but its akin to AAA… so….

      • ec99

        Give the story, perhaps AA is more fitting.

        • devilschild

          “It’s five o’clock somewhere…” TGIF

    • sbark

      And the national media focuses on the karshadian husband who cheated on while she’s pregnant….appears all forms of media cater to and enable the low info voters

    • PK

      That’s fairly normal around here. A major theater conflict in the middle east over Syria, that could escalate into nuclear World War III, about to kick-off isn’t much of a concern either.

  • Bubba

    in munchen steht ein hofbrauhaus! kids get drunk and get in fights, oh well. prost!

  • Bob

    How can the writer of this article claim Beck admitted to being the instigator when Beck (not s) clearly stated the guy pushed Beck and took the first swing!?!?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Beck said he invited the guy outside to fight.

      • devilschild

        He said let’s take it outside which I’m sure the Drunken Noodle greatly appreciated.

  • Geoff Bosse

    Rob, give it up.

    If two guys wanna throw down, let em throw down. Just coz one got knocked out shouldn’t make it a crime. This is no more belligerent than two guys in a hockey match trading punches. Happens nearly every hockey game. If this were the case than their should be at least 20 Sioux hockey players in prison for aggravated assault.

    Just drop it. It’s over. And who knows, Bohl may not let him back on the team. And if he doesn’t, I will demand of you the largest public apology ever written (not that we’ll see it, but I’ll at least ask

    • Clairvoyant

      Fact is, most guys get over the “wanna take it outside” mentality sometime during junior high. Folks that grow up insecure tend to have inflated egos and seem to go out in search of slights, ie: they have a delay in “growing up”. Apparently Travis is in this camp which is too bad especially since he is a talented football player. And his high profile position in the community has a responsibility to act like decent human beings off the field. Whether the initial charges were inflated or not, it still boils down to inappropriate behavior.

      • JoeMN

        Folks that grow up insecure tend to have inflated egos and seem to go
        out in search of slights, ie: they have a delay in “growing up”

        Yea, but when someone you know in his mid forties shows up with two black eyes, a busted nose, and a citation for disorderly conduct after a bar room brawl, it shows that some never really grow up

      • Geoff Bosse

        It’s not insecurity and yes they have inflated egos. Trust me, every player on a team playing at that level has inflated egos…. They wouldn’t be there if they didn’t. Key is, control their emotions when off the field. If beck was hanging with some friends, chances are one of them would have prevented the altercation.

        • ec99

          Not sure why they’d have inflated egos, they’re the guys the big boys didn’t want.

        • Clairvoyant

          Didn’t mean ego alone- it is the combo of insecurity with a strong ego as well as immaturity, that is the issue.

          • ec99

            I don’t disagree. These are kids who, by middle school, are told their excrement is not odiferous. Kids who, in hockey, are being urged to sign letters of intent in 8th and 9th grade, and are being drafted by the NHL in 11th and 12th. Kids who spend 2 years in college before going pro. They have no idea beyond that they are the Ubermenschen, not subject to the society’s rules the rest of us obey. As in the case of Danny Heatley. they can even get away with murder.

  • Bob

    Sounds like a mutual fight outside. Charge them both or neither. Can’t fault a guy for winning. What would have happened 30 years ago in this situation?

  • Bruce Wold

    I found it interesting that Travis thought FB is over due to two resisting charges. This is a sign of some morals from parents, program or somewhere in himself. I hope he gets the help he needs and turns his life around. Without some fair consequences he may not learn from this event.

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