Argument over Carson King, Busch Light leads to assault in North Liberty – The Gazette

NORTH LIBERTY The wild ride that has been the Carson King story has resulted in more than $2 million raised for the University of Iowa Stead Family Childrens Hospital, the dismissal of a newspaper reporter, and now, an arrest in North Liberty.

North Liberty police responded to an assault around 8:43 p.m. Friday. Police said Jordan M. Lewis, 21, had gotten into a fight with his brother over King that resulted in a fist fight.

Police said Lewis hit his brother in the mouth with a closed fist, causing a large cut on his lip.

The brothers have lived together for the past year, police said.

King, 24, of Altoona, catapulted to fame Sept. 14 when his sign appealing for Busch Light appeared on ESPNs College GameDay before the annual Cy-Hawk football game in Ames. When funds started pouring in to Kings Venmo account, he announced he would redirect the money to the Childrens Hospital. The story quickly went viral and reached a national audience as donations climbed.

Kings tale took another twist, however, when according to the Des Moines Register a reporter discovered two racist tweets from when he was 16. King issued a public apology Sept. 24 and Anheuser-Busch announced it was severing future ties with him.

North Liberty Police Chief Diane Venenga said Buschs decision is what caused the fight between Lewis and his brother.

I do not have anything further on where the involved parties landed on the issue, Venenga said.

Following the Registers reporting, the newspaper faced backlash on social media. Online sleuths discovered the reporter who wrote Kings profile had made racist and homophobic remarks online, as well. The Register parted ways with the reporter.

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In the meantime, however, Kings fundraiser which ends today hit the $2 million mark Friday.

As for Lewis, he was arrested and faces one count of domestic assault causing injury, a serious misdemeanor.

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