The co-Owner of a Texas A&M sports website, TexAgs.com, posted video on the site late Saturday that he claimed was shot just before Nebraska assistant coach Carl Pelini damaged his camera while on the field after the Nebraska-A&M game at Kyle Field last night.
Brandon Jones shot and posted the video, which initially included the accompanying description on TexAgs.com:
At the conclusion of the game, I ran out onto the field with my video camera to capture the post celebrations of the players and coaches. When I reached approximately mid field (near the east hash marks), I came upon Carl Pelini verbally lashing a gentlemen on the field.
I directed my camera toward the commotion and captured the Nebraska coach as he began to walk away. As Carl turned, his eye caught my camera and the fact that I might have captured some of the exchange. What happened next was truly bazaar.
From about 10 feet away, he charged straight for me and for the camera that I was holding. By the time he reached me, I already had my camera by side. He grabbed the camera and I battled to maintain possession of it. Unable to gain possession of it, he broke the eye piece off in several pieces and threw them into the surrounding crowd. He then stormed off. The surrounding crowd helped me recover the pieces of my camera.
Also, there is no audio because, like an idiot, I forgot to put the shotgun mic back on the camera after coming down from the photo deck with 3 minutes remaining. As a result, I got zero audio.
Dirk Chatelain of the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, who was at the game, reported of the confrontation:
Brandon Jones, a camera man and co-owner of TexAgs.com, spotted Carl yelling at someone as he walked off the field. Jones started filming Carl. Carl saw the camera about 10 feet away, approached Jones and grabbed the camera.
“There’s this awkward moment where we’re eye-to-eye with each other,” Jones told me. “And I say, ‘What are you doing?’”
Carl broke off the eye piece of the camera, threw it on the ground and “stormed off the field,” Jones said.
You can see some of the confrontation at TexAgs.com. Carl Pelini was unavailable for comment.
ESPN Reporter David Ubben was also at the game and reported a different version of what happened:
Carl Pelini did throw down a TexAgs.com camera, but no damage was done to camera. Detachable pieces came off.
The cameraman told Nebraska’s Rivals.com people what happened.
Interestingly, shortly after Ubben reported that Jones had told HuskersIllustrated.com that Pelini had not “broken” anything off the camera, the post on TexAgs.com detailing Jones’ description of the incident was removed.
The only text accompanying the video now on TexAgs.com says, “Watch this video and decide for yourself what happened to the TexAgs camera when Brandon took it onto the field to get video of the celebration after the Aggies win over the Cornhuskers.”
Why post that when the owner of the same website earlier supposedly described exactly what happened? And if Jones’ initial description of the incident, which indicated Pelini had damaged the camera, was true, why take it down?
Obviously Pelini should not have confronted a cameraman like that in any fashion, but by possibly exaggerating the incident involving the Nebraska assistant coach, Jones probably mitigated any possible punishment Pelini might’ve received from NU or the Big 12.