A 30-year-old man was bitten and stabbed during a fight that started over catty comments during a card game at Bulldogs and spilled onto Peachtree Street during the bar’s Black Gay Pride celebration.
The altercation erupted about midnight on Friday as a man, visiting Atlanta from Washington, D.C., played cards at the bar. When one of his opponents whispered to another man at the table, the soon-to-be victim was offended and verbally lashed out at his soon-to-be attacker, according to an Atlanta police incident report.
“Oh little girls whisper in other little girls ear about the card game,” the man said to his opponent.
So the whisperer knocked the man’s drink – the victim was sure to tell police it was top shelf liquor – out of his hand. And the confrontation was on.
“[The victim] got mad and picked up a bar stool because the suspect was bigger than him. So the suspect picked up a bar stool as well,” according to the incident report.
Security staff at the bar broke up the altercation. But the victim continued to charge after the other man, who broke away from security. The victim was able to grab the man and put him in a headlock. So the man bit him twice near an armpit while still in the headlock.
Then the biter’s boyfriend – described in the incident report as “also very feminine” – jumped into the fray and they both attacked the sassy card-playing victim. Security then threw the attacker and his boyfriend out of the bar.
But later, as the victim left the bar, he spotted the man and his boyfriend outside. So he confronted them, according to the incident report.
“So [the victim] starts to attack the heavy set male again because he still is mad and wants to fight,” according to the incident report.
Security broke up the men – again – before they started to fight a third time and the altercation spilled onto Peachtree. That’s when the suspect and his boyfriend both brandished knives and stabbed the victim in the chest, according to police.
The victim returned to the bar and grabbed bottles to throw as his attackers fled in what police said may be a Honda CRV. The victim was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.
The incident was the second stabbing at an Atlanta gay bar in less than two weeks. On Aug. 23, a dancer at BJ Roosters allegedly stabbed a 25-year-old man during a brawl in the parking lot.
The altercation at Bulldogs is also one of a handful of violent incidents in recent years during Black Gay Pride in Atlanta. Last year, several men attending Pride events were robbed at gunpoint. The festivities also took a somber tone when Henry Lee drowned during a pool party.
In 2010, Samuel Blizzard Jr. and Calvin Streater were shot and killed just hours after they attended Black Gay Pride events. Atlanta police arrested a convicted felon nearly two years later and charged him with the killings. The murders came 10 days after Durand Robinson, who co-owned the black gay nightclub and party promoters Traxx and sponsored several Black Pride events, was gunned down and killed on a southwest Atlanta street.
In 2009, police ended the celebration in Piedmont Park early when gunfire erupted. Or maybe it was firecrackers.