In the moments following the Cats Final Four win over the Louisville Cardinals, on Saturday, fans went wild burning couches, a car, and generally going crazy. After the darkness, the daylight revealed just how much damage was done, and it included the possible beatings of several homeless men.
"After the guy left, I had to get the mop and clean the blood off the floor, here in the church," said Erik Wilson of the Christ Church Cathedral, on Market Street. Wilson arrived to open the church around six, Sunday morning, and moments later a familiar homeless man came in saying he was attacked the night before.
"I turned around and was kind of taken aback. He had blood dripping down his face and onto his shirt," described Wilson, adding, "He says he asked somebody for a cigarette, who was out last night, and they basically beat him up and dragged him across the concrete."
"It made my heart bleed, it made my heart sink," said Reverend Carol Wade after seeing the injured victim come into church for Sunday service.
The homeless man didn't want to give Wilson many details after that. He simply wanted to clean up his wounds and get some coffee. Wilson said he offered help and to even contact police, but said the victim did not want to go that far.
The church did not want to identify this victim, but did say he wasn't the only one with injuries.
"There were three," stated Wilson, saying, "[one of] the other guys that came in was missing one of his spectacles out his eye glasses. I mean normally you see wear and tear on street people, but like they've been attacked and drug across concrete."
The staff at Christ Church Cathedral hope these reported attacks stop, especially before the National Championship on Monday.
"We can do a better job," said Reverend Wade, of the Lexington masses who chose to be violent.
"I can't even describe how that should not have happened over a basketball game," said Wilson, adding that it was a game UK won.
The church says they were deeply moved to see the first victim stand up during the church service and empty his spare change into the offering plate. The staff said it was one way of supporting the church that helped him, and Reverend Wade said it was a display of love even though this man hadn't seen it the night before.