Fists were flying at a Tennessee waterpark where 40 people engaged in a brawl after a white man allegedly hurled racial slurs at a black family.
Tyrone Holt and his family were reportedly enjoying the pool at Wave Country in Nashville when he said Jonathan Sellers’ yelled racist insults at his family.
And that’s when the massive scuffle began.
“They tried to gang me, so I just started trying to defend myself. Next thing I knew, I was on the ground, kicked and punched,” Holt said.
Holt said Sellers’ family started the violent fight which resulted in his hand and eye socket being broken. He even sustained injuries so severe he had to have a metal plate implanted in his face.
But that wasn’t enough for the police to charge Sellers with a crime, Holt said. He claims the police refused to press charges against Sellers after he asked, citing that they could not determine who the victim was.
Sellers’ family contend that they were at the receiving end of racism and defended themselves from Holt’s family.
“They had their kids throwing stuff at us, calling us white trash this and that, and all kind of craziness,” Sellers said.
However, both families agree that the fight started as a result of a white man bumping into the float of three black girls—Holt’s kids.
The girls told their dad that Sellers hurled a racial slur so he and his wife confronted Sellers. That’s when things took a turn for the worse.
The waterpark released a statement on the incident:
“We are very concerned about the incident that took place at Wave Country on Saturday. The safety and well-being of our customers is our highest priority. While an internal investigation is underway, we will continue to provide access and recreational opportunities to everyone in Davidson County.”
Both families plan to sue Wave Country saying they failed to provide adequate security.