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Selmon Jr. faces civil complaint

A Hillsborough Community College student seeks $15,000 from the USF player.


© St. Petersburg Times, published November 1, 2001

A Hillsborough Community College student seeks $15,000 from the USF player.

A 20-year-old Hillsborough Community College student injured in a Sept.16 fight near the South Florida campus filed a civil complaint Wednesday against USF football player Lee Roy Selmon Jr. in Hillsborough Circuit Court.

Selmon, the son of the school's athletic director, was arrested Oct.16 in connection with the incident.

Authorities said Selmon and another man attacked Clint H. Lowman, 20, of St. Petersburg, at a large party Sept.16. The incident occurred at 3714 Jefferson Commons Drive, an apartment complex near campus.

Lowman suffered multiple broken facial bones, including fractures to his nose and left orbit. His lawyer, Richard Hirsch, said Lowman was attacked twice, first by Selmon, then by Selmon and six to eight others.

Hirsch said Selmon, 20, and Lowman were in the same grade at Oak Grove Junior High in Tampa but Lowman had not seen him for several years.

"Witnesses say my man inadvertently bumped into Mr. Selmon, and (Selmon) apparently was offended by being bumped and started to attack him," Hirsch said.

Selmon's father and USF football coach Jim Leavitt have said they believe Selmon is innocent.

The apartment complex is named as a co-defendant for "inadequate security."

"They've had a history of problems," Hirsch said.

Lowman is seeking $15,000 in compensatory damages, and Hirsch said he likely will seek additional punitive damages.

Selmon is redshirting this fall after two seasons as a part-time starter at defensive tackle. Selmon has 20 days to answer the complaint.

- Staff writer David Karp contributed to this report.

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