Report: Jags WR pistol-whipped in attack
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Kassim Osgood was pistol-whipped in an attack when the ex-boyfriend of a 19-year-old Jaguars cheerleader he was visiting confronted them, according to a report on the Florida Times-Union’s website.
Osgood, 30, reportedly leaped out a second-floor window to get away from the armed man late Monday.
The gun-wielding intruder exchanged fire with the woman after putting a gun to her head, saying, "What did that football player say to his girlfriend, it’s a good day to die," misquoting ex-Florida Gators player Chris Rainey’s text message to a former girlfriend after an arrest, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
Osgood, also a standout on special teams, had minor bruises from being pistol-whipped and jumping out of the second-floor window, according to the report.
"He’s fine," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday. "I’m aware of it. I really can’t comment on that whole deal. He’s doing OK."
The reported gunman, Julian Armond Barletto, 20, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment, armed robbery, burglary and violation of an injunction, according to police.
Mackenzie Rae Putnal and Osgood were watching television in a second-floor game room around 11:15 p.m. when a man wearing a plastic bag to cover his face walked in, pointed a gun at them and said, "I can’t believe you’re with that guy," the arrest report said. Barletto pulled Putnal around the room by her hair and hit her with his fists and gun before pistol-whipping Osgood, the report said.
The armed assailant tackled the woman as she tried to flee, taking her cell phone and holding the gun to her head as well as Osgood’s. The woman escaped down the hall and leaped over a balcony to the floor below after the gunman told the couple to sit on the floor, the report said.
As the gunman chased after the woman, Osgood jammed a chair under the game room door handle and jumped out a window and onto the lawn, running to a neighbor’s house to call police. Meanwhile, Putnal and Barletto confronted each other with guns downstairs, both shooting and missing, the report said.
Barletto ran as Putnal called police but was arrested after being found at his home, police said.
The Jaguars declined comment on Putnal’s status as one of the team’s 32 cheerleaders. She is listed in the 2010 media guide as a dental hygiene major but is no longer on the team’s website. The team has a rule forbidding cheerleaders to date players.
Osgood has two receptions for 29 yards this season, including a 24-yard TD catch in the opener against Denver. He played seven seasons for San Diego and made three Pro Bowls as a special teams ace before signing with the Jaguars.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.