About That Bar Brawl …

… IT HAPPENED JUST LIKE WE SAID Chalk up another scoop for our network of sources … Last month, FITS reported exclusively that Nikki Rodgers – daughter of S.C. Senator Jakie Knotts – had allegedly punched a teenage boy in the face during a bar brawl in Lexington, S.C. The…


Chalk up another scoop for our network of sources …

Last month, FITS reported exclusively that Nikki Rodgers – daughter of S.C. Senator Jakie Knotts – had allegedly punched a teenage boy in the face during a bar brawl in Lexington, S.C.

The incident occurred on February 1 of this year at the Wild Hare sports bar in Lexington, S.C. and involved Rodgers – who is Lexington County’s 911 Call Center Director – stepping into a fight between her son John Robert (Knotts’ grandson) and another boy.

Now WIS TV 10 (NBC – Columbia, S.C.) has obtained a surveillance video of the incident.

Take a look …

The video clearly shows Rodgers using a closed fist to strike the 14-year-old boy in the face.

During our initial reporting on this story FITS requested a copy of the police report related to this incident from the town of Lexington, S.C. – but our request was refused. We also attempted to obtain a copy of the surveillance video, but were similarly denied.

As of this week, Knotts’ daughter remains employed by Lexington County and has not been charged with assault (or child abuse) in connection with this incident.


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TK October 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm

The most awesome thing about that video is the one dude at the bar who never moves.

Thomas October 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm

“FITS attempted to obtain an incident report from the town of Lexington, S.C. related to this bar fight – but our request was refused.”

Uh, why? That’s a blatant disregard of FOIA.

fitsnews Author October 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

You presume government on that side of the river follows the law?

Please …

Also based on our extensive coverage of the “Lexington Ring,” we’re not too popular over there.


Mike at the Beach October 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Easy fix there – hammer LPD’s ass if they don’t have a legit exemption (which it sounds like they wouldn’t). NMB learned that the hard way down here…

Tom October 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

In all fairness, the kid who threw the last punch as people were pulling them apart does deserve a severe beating. What a pansy.

Robert October 18, 2012 at 11:01 am

“In all fairness” !!! Really?? He’s 14 years old dumbass. Your real mature there, Sparkie.

Mike October 20, 2012 at 12:56 am

TOM, you are a serious DUMBASS PIECE OF SHIT! He threw the last punch YES but did you not see Jake Knotts grandson START with the first punch. I guess you also didnt see NIKKI RODGERS fat, nasty, manly ass throw the actual last punch? STFU and continue being Jakie’s little bitch!

sweepin October 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

If you think that’s a brawl, I don’t know what you’d call it if you saw blood or chipped teeth. A brawl ain’t a brawl if no blood; i.e. knuckles, lip, mouth, ear.

A brawl is started with a kick in the nuts, then an uppercut or two. Then the right cross. Sometimes a slap on the head for attention getting, then the kick in the nuts. It also helps to know where the nearest swinging object is: i.e. a cue stick, baseball bat, or broom handle.

If one is really on guard defensively, one just knocks the hell out of the aggressor when you see him coming. It saves time and shortens the fight. He ain’t expecting you to knock the shit out of him first.

That was a Jr. High pushing exercise. No wonder there’s no charges.

ConcernedinSC October 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm

It was until the mother jumped in – then it became a crime

sweepin October 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm

If you can produce a Lexington County jury that will convict that redneck woman of a crime, assault, then I’ll kiss your ass on the Lexington County Courthouse steps.

In order to handicap your efforts fairly, I’ll give you 30 days to draw a crowd.

ConcernedinSC October 17, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I didn’t say anyone would convict her – she’s a Knotts. I just said it was a crime.

TheFunkyMonkey October 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

This is fucking classic! Lexington rednecks representing well! All of that being said, the problem with the gene pool is there are no lifeguards… This story and video are perfect examples.

jurisdoc October 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm

The guy in the jeans (I’m presuming the grandson) came in to the bar swinging – i.e. it looks like he started the physicality. Then, mama comes in to help . . . . . . What a pussy.

TheFunkyMonkey October 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

EXACTLY! I just watched the video again (because it’s so entertaining) and came to the same conclusion.

Boy starts fight; starts getting his ass kicked; boy’s Mom tries to break it up and; then hits the dude who was kicking her son’s ass! I hope young John’s friends and schoolmates see this video and get to know what a pussy he is…

not in the ring October 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm

and there it is in a nutshell. little asshole starts fight. bigger asshole takes up for him and giant assholes sweep it all under the rug

Mike October 20, 2012 at 1:00 am

Believe me they know exactly what kind of pussy he is. Everyone at White Knoll High School hates JOHN ROBERT RODGERS

What The October 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

What is a 14 yr old doing in a bar in the first place???

johnb October 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm

looking for a fight

Mike October 20, 2012 at 1:02 am

Its not just a bar its a wing joint

Gator McClusky October 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

In all fairness? The kid that threw the last punch was only 14 years old. The Rodgers kid is 18 years old. No wonder why Nikki jumped in, John Robert was getting his ass beat by a 14 year old boy!

Andy October 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

She punches like a girl. bfd.

The Colonel October 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Who filmed the fight, Uncle Cletus hanging from the rafters? I’ve reviewed a lot of security system surveillance tape and never seen one as squirmy as this one.

GreenvilleLwyr October 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm

It appears to be that a television camera is taping surveillance as the video is being shown on a screen. The camera doing the recording, not the surveillance camera, is the shakey camera, I believe.

Me October 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Her husband did the same thing several years ago

whattheheck October 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm

What did her husband do a few years ago?

Me October 19, 2012 at 12:27 am

Her husband punched a boy

Concerned Citizen October 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I thought the same thing– why is a surveillance camera moving around so much. These are usually attached to a wall or ceiling. Makes you wonder.

IT October 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm

It looks like someone is actually watching the surveillance video on a monitor on another system and filming that footage on a mobile phone. So, whoever provided the video to WIS either works for Wild Hare or for the town of Lexington or had access to view the video through one of those sources.

? October 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Bingo! We have a winner.

What is his prize Bob?

How about threats and intimidation from Ol Knocky and the LPD?

say what?!? October 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm

her little punk son starts the fight and gets whipped by a 14 year old

them mamma bear comes in and punches a 14 year old?

Who are these people? Zero class.

not in the ring October 17, 2012 at 8:52 pm

no these two turds are not related. but I personally know Darren Rogers and he is the worst human being I have ever had the misfortune to deal with. He pulled a gun and badge on a rival company on a job site but with his connections he got away with it. It has been rumored that he hastened his in laws death and knowing him that is not out of the question. His father in law was basically held hostage the last year of his life and not allowed to see anyone He and his wife has ruined her father’s business and owes a lot of people.I could probably write 3 pages of stuff he has done. He is truly a waste of good air and his wife is no better.

Thomas October 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Do not forget that Lanny Ray Gunter II, recently decided to plea with the US Attorney’s office for conducting an illegal gambling business.

Read more here: sports.html#.UH8H68XoQj4#storylink=cpy

Evidently, Jr is going to rat out names to get a lighter sentence. Much to my chagrin, I saw Sr’s name on the Metts Campaign Contributor list. Looking for it now…

Could this be the missing link? Will Jr drag the whole bunch down?

Stay tuned

BTW Jr, you will probably go to a med-high due to space constraints. The more names you give that leads to convictions, you might end up in a low or even better! Names + convictions = easy time

As a GI or Government Informant, no one will put a hand on you. It is your anus, pal- do the right thing

Thomas October 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Oh, and JR is part owner of the Wild Hair–go figure

Thomas October 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I retract the Gunter/Metts contribution connection. I do not have any proof to such a claim. However, since I am here, I do recall the sworn statement from Jamie Lucas recalling a Darren Rodgers….any relation to Nikki?

“Note: I found out much later, sometime in 2005, from Darren Rodgers and Danny Frazier that
Jakie and them both were at the Farmers Market one night setting up for tailgating party for a
Carolina Football game and that a female named Angel that worked at the Southern
Gentlemen’s Club in Lexington County was with them and all were drinking alcohol. During that
time, each of them had sex with this female in one of the motor homes that was parked there. f
remember that Darren Rodgers and Danny Frazier told me that they nick named Jakie Knotts
U the bully on the playground” because during sex with this female, neither Danny nor Darren
could get Jakie to stop so they could get more turns with her. There were times when I would
be with Jakie, Danny, and Darren together and when the topic of sex came up, Danny and
Darren would remind Jakie of being “the bully on the playground and Jakie would just smile &

Thomas October 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm

BTW, If anyone wants to know who has contributed to the Knotts campaign, lookey here:

truth seeker October 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

I agree! Danny Frazier, Jakie Knotts, James Metts, Jason Amodio, Dennis Tyndall and all other law enforcement agencies that provided protection or assisted the Lexington Ring in illegal gambling operations needs to be very worried, if they not already been, about even more mounting evidence coming forward against them.

Jeffy01 October 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Clearly federal indictments are right around the corner!? Man…to be an FBI agent in SC. No time to look for Bigfoot or UFOs…..too many conspiracies to bust up in Cola!

Thomas October 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Ok, I used to work for Sr making tee shirts. Ok, so I missed a few days, but I made him a lot of fucking money. The asshole gave me, get this, an annual .10 raise!

Names JR, and you get mercy from the court. Good luck, bro

Turtle October 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm

White trash, pure and simple. No wonder Jean Toal didn’t hire Rodgers when Jakie asked her to do so. Now, Jean – who was raised with wealth and privileged in a big ass house in the elite Heathwood section of Columbia, now bows and scrapes to Knotts to keep him as her # 1 link to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Billy Bob October 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Wonder if Jean has had Jakie and his gang of relatives to her Isle of Palms house she is trying to rent at like 5 grand A WEEK. Google Jean Toal and 3000 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms, SC.

not jakie October 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm

This is too much.

Bookie shoots wife and bookie partner.

Councilman caught on wire talking about video poker protection
naming sheriff and senator.

Senators daughter, works for said sheriff, gets in a fight along with son (grandson of senator) in a sports bar.

Bookies rounded up in murder investigation and all three squeal. Turns out that one of them owns said bar where skirmish took place.

Now if I didn’t know better, I’d think that someone was upstairs conducting a little surveillance on the senators daughter when that fight went down. That camera was moving baby. It was shakin and a movin…

I’d say that the Hare’s been wired to the teeth for a few months now if not more. This may get colorful.

hmmmm October 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm

The timeline doesn’t work in your scenario since the Rodgers incident took place in February, two months before the Parker murder and several months before the Lexington Ring stories broke.

Interested Bystander October 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

But, it was during the time period of the Rachel Duncan investigation in February into illegal gambling and embezzlement. That investigation was going full tilt at that time. I believe that I read that Duncan lived in Lexington. It’s always amazed me at how all these gambling related stories came out within months of each other. It’s like dominos, one case falling right after the other.

Lance Riprock October 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm

The senator’s daughter is a whole crowd of women.

BradWarthenSucks October 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I see she inherited her father’s good looks.

gimme my check October 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Hicks being dicks.

JustMyOpinion October 17, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Actually she looks a lot like her mother, who looks a lot like Jakie. This is a pretty grim family tree.

Who cares October 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Would someone please explain why this is germain and can anyone name 10 people who care?

not in the ring October 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

It matters if there is a culture of people in a community who do not live by the same laws as everyone else. and it is even worse when those people are the ones who are supposed to be upholding and/or making the law. As for 10 people, there are at least that many who have commented and statistically each person who responds actually represents a number of others who feel the same way

Raspy October 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I wonder if Jake ever hit that (his daughter).

Louis October 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Honey Bo-Bo – reality show to follow.

Disgusted October 17, 2012 at 9:10 pm

The earlier comment above concerning Darren Rodgers, no there is no relation & the correct spelling of his name is “Rogers”. And yes, he is an utterly evil, twisted, power hungry, egotistical waste of space on this earth. and he’s ugly but thinks he’s God’s gift to women. His favorite saying is “Men wanna be me & women come when they see me”….UUGGGHHHH.

whattheheck October 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Who is Darren Rodgers and what does he have to do with this? Confused.

not in the ring October 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Rogers was in on the partying with prostitutes along with Jakie and Frazier. He is a so called business man but really is screwed now that his father in law is dead and can’t keep his business going any more. He has also tried unsuccessfully to run for Lexington School Board and is just a general all around prick.

Disgusted October 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm

And one more thing, just what is this “badge” that Darren Rogers keeps flashing around? Is he anything to do with Lexington County as he leads everyone to believe? Isn’t impersonating an officer of the law a criminal offense?

not in the ring October 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I know that he is only a phone call away from having the LCSD do dirty work for him. Know a couple of people who have been on the receiving end of those calls.

jimlewis,owb October 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

If Senator Fatback had a video of Katrina Shealy bitch punching a minor is there any doubt that Ms. Shealy would have been arrested, indicted, convicted and incarcerated within 30 days of the incident.

hmmmm October 18, 2012 at 10:19 am

Nothing would happen to Shealy either. She has Haley on her side. Why do you think this video is being released now, so close to the election? First they tried the hooker allegation but it didn’t stick and was quickly debunked and tied back to Haley and Shealy. Then they tried the Lexington Ring story but it doesn’t look like it’s sticking either so now they are releasing this. If this doesn’t get traction, something else will break.

jimlewis,owb October 18, 2012 at 10:42 am

Good points. You may be right.

As for the something else, it better be good.

Outside of a video of a butt nakkied Senator Fatback running down Gervais chasing a Troop of Girl Scouts screaming, I want to eat a Brownie, it appears at this time he will be re-elected.

Knotts 51%
Shealy 49%

? October 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

lmao, even if that were caught on tape OWB, it’s nothing a good “come to Jesus” moment can’t take care of. Ol’ Knocky baring his soul and begging for forgiveness….

Remember, Jesus died for your sins…and we are all sinners. Most of the good people voting in SC are really on board with that and nothing gets more support then a good spiritual revival…especially at election time.

It makes everyone feel all Jesus’y and good.

tired of the crap October 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm

to Hmmmm. debunked??? you are uninformed. More than a few people know that this and several other incidents similar to this are true. DEBUNKED??? Where When. the information has been squashed as much as the Lex Mafia could but squashing it does not make it untrue.

Robert October 18, 2012 at 11:02 am

She hits like a girl.

Pokey October 18, 2012 at 11:24 am

TK, the guy at the bar didn’t move because one seldom gets excited over such things. If they were human beings, it might actually matter, but we’re talking LexCo trailer trash. If only there were goats nearby, those randy boys could get their rocks off in their more traditional manner.

Then, again, even if there weren’t goats, momma WAS handy. Think she’d take it bent over the pool table?

Batman October 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

The bottom line is the influence of Jakie and Danny. This happened in a time where both were in power and influenced law enforcment. Lexington wouldn’t press the issue against Danny and Jakie in fear of retrobution. I have had a brother arrested in the town before for similar situation, the victim did not push the issue either, but the town did. They charged him with disorderly conduct and didn’t use the victim in the case. Judge on the take in town sided with law enforcment. This was right after I saw the judge coming back into town hall after going to lunch with multiple cops. At best she should have been charged with fighting in public. Use the tape and she and her son would have pleaded guilty. But, again this was during the time Danny had law enforcement on lockdown

Fedupin LEX. October 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

In Lexington, does this mean that if I shoot someone and kill them and only video evidence is available I won’t be prosecuted?
Seams to me thats what law inforcement is saying.

whattheheck October 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Apparently she has a sister that works in the solicitor’s office.

tired of the crap October 18, 2012 at 7:58 pm

damn another family member in Lex Co government. Please, God, make this stop

Mike October 20, 2012 at 11:48 am



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