Gang attack in Springfield: 'It was actually a LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers jersey'

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts to a call during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - The man beaten by gang members in a public park over his sports jersey wasn't wearing a Portland Trail Blazers jersey after all, Springfield Police said.

Three men attacked the victim in Gamebird Park on July 31.

Police say the man was mistaken for a gang member because he was wearing a sports jersey.

But it wasn't a Blazers jersey, as first reported by Springfield Police.

"Investigators clarified this week that it was actually a LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers jersey worn by the victim that prompted three men to confront and attack him," Lt. Scott McKee said in a statement Friday.

"The victim reported the men challenged him about his gang affiliation and police believe the jersey was the basis for this confrontation," McKee said.

McKee added that one of the suspects was wearing a red Blazers jersey.

"Gang investigators say the letter 'B' in Blazers and the predominantly red team colors are often adopted by Blood criminal street gangs," McKee explained. "Crip criminal street gangs are known reputed rivals to the Bloods and gang experts believe the Cavalier jersey may have been perceived as Crip gang affiliated attire."

The victim was not a gang member.

But there are hundreds of criminal gang members in the Eugene-Springfield area, McKee said.

Two of the three suspect have been identified, police said. Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Detective Justin Myers at the Springfield Police Department at (541) 726-3714.

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