Apparently, a March dustup with singer Patti LaBelle’s bodyguards in a Houston airport wasn’t the sole reason why cornerback Richard King was separated from West Point.
West Point released this on Wednesday:
“The incident on March 11, 2011 involving former cadet Richard King in Houston, Texas, is unfortunate, and we regret any personal harm.
There are clearly some misconceptions about the Houston incident and his subsequent separation from the U.S. Military Academy. Some viewers of the airport video have interpreted what appears to be an unprovoked assault as the reason for his separation.
The U.S. Military Academy’s chain of command reviewed former cadet King’s complete record of performance and conduct over his 47 months. Based on that review, he was separated.
In accordance with his legal obligation, he was directed to serve the nation as a Soldier in the U.S. Army with an opportunity to compete for re-admission to West Point in the future. In accordance with Army regulations, many details that could clarify the basis for his separation are not releasable.
All U.S. Military Academy cadets are held to a high standard for their personal conduct at all times.”
A West Point spokesperson said King’s orders are still being processed and his future options have not been approved. King will be assigned to an Army unit and serve as an enlisted soldier. While enlisted, King can chose to take part in an active-duty mentorship program, which can last up to 18 months. After completing the mentorship program, King can re-apply for admission to West Point.
“The ball’s in Rich’s court now,” said the spokesperson.
King was scheduled to graduate with West Point’s December 2011 class.