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Two Austin men say attack was a hate crime

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
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Two gay softball players in Austin were assaulted over the weekend in what they are calling a hate crime.

Winston (left) and Morgan

Matthew Morgan and Emmanuel Winston say and were physically attacked by four men yelling anti-gay epithets.

Matthew Morgan and Emmanuel Winston say they were attacked early Saturday morning after they left the gay bar Oil Can Harry’s in their softball uniforms. The two were just a few feet from the City Hall parking garage where their vehicles were parked, when they say they were attacked by four young black men.

“I had noticed that they were following us and listening in on our conversation, but I really didn’t think anything of it,” said Emmanuel Winston. “I really just thought they were just real close right behind us. It really didn’t hit me why they were so close behind us until we were attacked.”

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