A Jackson County Commissioner admitted to punching a young man at a Tallahassee bar.
"Did you punch this individual, that's right ya." Jackson County Commissioner Jeremy Branch admitted to punching 19 year old Kev Ford, who he outweighed by about 100 pounds at the Baja Beach Club early Tuesday morning. Ford said Branch broke his nose. Both men said Ford bumped into Branch as the bar was closing, and that's where their accounts differed.
Kev Ford explained, "I bump into this guy, I turn around and apologize and I'm apologizing and walking away, I got sucker punched like this side."
"I'm sorry for any embarrassment it's caused the county. But there are certain words you don't say to guy from north Florida," said Jeremy Branch.
When asked if there were any kind of words exchanged between the two, Ford stated, "no not at all, besides after I got hit, I might have said a couple of curse words."
Jeremy Branch did not characterize himself as inebriated, but said he did have a drink or two.
According to the Tallahassee police report, when an off duty officer tried to talk to Branch about the incident, he said, "I'm a County Commissioner in Jackson County, don't you put your hands on me."
Branch stated he did not remember specifically what he said, but it was something to that effect. When asked if Ford would accept a call with an apology from Branch, he stated, "I would, I would actually very much appreciate an apology." Jeremy Branch stated he does apologize, and he should have walked away.
Ford said he's having surgery to fix his broken nose Friday and expects Branch to pay for it. A check of Branch's criminal background revealed only a few speeding tickets.