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Man claims he was beaten over Gators hoodie

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A Polk County man was beaten to a bloody pulp and says it's all over his love for the Florida Gators.

A picture taken only moments after that beating happened shows how gruesome the attack was. Trent Gravley, 18, has serious injuries to his eyes and nose. His dad and mom can't believe anyone would do that to their soft-spoken son.

Dozens of people saw what happened, and now, the Polk County Sheriff's Office is looking for his attackers.

Gravley's bloodied and swollen face looks like something right out of a horror movie.

"It doesn't look like me," he said. "I look dead."

There are deep gashes in his forehead and chin.

"He has fractures above and below his right eye," said his mother Kay Gravley. "He has a concussion, and he has bleeding in his sinus tube."

It was all for her son wearing a Florida Gators hoodie to a friend's birthday party on Walk In Water Road in Lake Wales Saturday night, she said.

"I didn't even watch the game," he said. "I don't care who won."  

But apparently, a group of men in their late 20s did – and took issue with him.

"They go to these parties where there are teenagers. They're uninvited," his mom said. "They pick out people at these parties and they taunt them, and they tease them."

"He just poked me like that in the chest," said Gravley.

"Poked him the chest and said, I should just punch you right now for wearing this Gator hoodie," said his mom.

One of his best friends intervened, but got attacked as well.

"And they chased him off with a chlorine bottle, beat him with the chlorine bottle," said Kay Gravley. "Witnesses say the chlorine bottle was full of blood and shredded from him taking the punches."

"Got the guys off of us and they took off after him and he had a few scratches on him, has a limp, but he's doing well; he's a good friend," said Trent Gravley.

And that's the last thing he can recall before getting knocked unconscious.

"I was knocked out," he said. "I don't remember any of it."

His Gator hoodie, which could contain valuable DNA evidence from the beating, is missing right now. When he came to, he said he was no longer wearing it, and no one is sure what happened to it.

"There's no reason older guys like this should be jumping on a boy like my brother," said Trent's brother, Austin.

When asked if his brother instigated any of it, he said, "No, my brother's one of the most calm people you'll ever meet."

"It terrifies me to think what could have happened," said his mom Kay.

"She was in shock, my whole family was," said Trent.

The Polk Sheriff's Office is investigating. They have several witnesses to interview.  No one has been arrested yet.

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