Thursday, March 09, 2006

Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting

We know, it's difficult to recognize him in this condition, but yes, that is Mason Bentley, the son of former Athens mayor Upshaw Bentley. Bentley, 49, suffered a broken nose and a punctured and collapsed lung in a fight Saturday with neighbor Donald Leeburn Jr., 68, a member of the Board of Regents and prominent Georgia athletics booster. The two men got into it after their dogs began barking at each other, an altercation that was witnessed by Georgia gymnastics coach Suzanne Yoculan, who was accompanying Leeburn on a walk through the exclusive neighborhood. Police don't expect to file charges, but deputies who responded noticed the smell of alcohol on Bentley and suspected he had been drinking. Of note here is that Leeburn is chairman of Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee Crown Distributing, a big-time liquor distributor (some registration).

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