Three men were assaulted and stabbed at a birthday party for rapper Bubba Sparxxx at an Athens, Georgia, club early Wednesday morning. The stabbings, which occurred in three separate incidents, left one man in critical condition.
Following the party dubbed "Bubba Sparxxx's Birthday Bash," 32-year-old Eric
Diamond McAnally, manager for Nashville rapper Haystack, was jumped by four
or five men after leaving the Athens Music Factory around 2:10 a.m.
Wednesday, and stabbed twice, in the back and side, with an unknown object,
according to a police department spokesperson. McAnally was taken to Athens
Regional Medical Center, where he was in critical condition Wednesday and
released Thursday (March 7), according to a hospital spokesperson. The
Athens Banner-Herald reported Thursday that the weapon was a broken beer
The paper also stated that a witness told police that McAnally, who is white, and a black woman accompanying him to the party were harassed and sprayed with champagne while in the club.
Sparxxx (born Warren Anderson Mathis), who turned 25 and hails from LaGrange, Georgia, was in attendance, along with fellow rappers Petey Pablo, 8Ball and members of the Dungeon Family, according to club owner Eyal Reisin. Def Jam and Interscope Records executives attended the party as well.
The two other men who were assaulted sustained less severe injuries, and were released from St. Mary's Hospital after receiving treatment. Thomas Corey Leyva was stabbed in the abdomen while fighting with a man who groped his female companion, according to police. Reisin said he saw the man bleeding in the club, but he did not see a physical altercation. Police responded to that call around 1:20 a.m.
A little more than two hours later, Arthur William Smotherman told police while in the hospital that he, too, was ambushed, by approximately 20 men. The 24-year-old artist-relations manager for Nashville's Dirty Bird Records was stabbed once in the chest, possibly with a knife.
A police investigation is underway, but an arrest has yet to be made.
Interscope Records spokespeople did not return calls by press time.
[This story was updated at 4:15 P.M. EST on 03.07.02.]