Golfer attacks teens in alleged antigay assault

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com May 31 2003 12:00 AM ET

In an apparent antigay attack on two teenagers who say they are not gay, a golfer assaulted a teenage boy who was videotaping a friend inline skating near the Riverbend golf course in Kent, Wash., clad only in a gold-color thong. Police hope to restore the damaged videotape, which may reveal what happened during the alleged assault, the King County Journal reports. The golfer smashed the video camera with a nine-iron, damaging the cassette, the boys said. Police are continuing their investigation before deciding if criminal citations should be issued, a police spokesman said.

The teens, seniors at Highline High School, were making a video for a class project about steroids. It was to include a spoof showing A.J. Roulston skating nearly naked, wearing only the thong. "It was all just a big prank," Roulston said. His classmate, Chris Machowski, was skating alongside him with his video camera. He suffered bruises and other minor injuries in the encounter. Machowski told police that the golfer, while yelling homophobic remarks, shoved him to the ground, grabbed his throat, and hit his foot with a golf club. After Machowski dropped his video camera, the golfer hit it with the nine-iron, say both teens. The golfer also allegedly said that because the teens were gay, they would spend their lives serving burgers and fries at McDonald's. Both teens say they probably provoked the man by laughing and by asking him if he was homophobic and "had a problem" with gay people.