Roper, in an interview with The Oklahoman, denied targeting the juveniles because of their race, saying he only confronted them because he thought they were gang members casing cars and homes in his neighborhood.
Roper said the teens taunted him and his girlfriend and flashed gang signs before one of them knocked him to the ground and the others started “hitting and kicking him.” He denied chasing the teens or yelling racial epithets at them.
After posting bail, Roper was rearrested, this time by Oklahoma City police, for violating the terms of his probation.
Roper was convicted in 2007 of multiple felonies, including domestic abuse by strangulation, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and burglary, and spent about six months in prison, court and prison records show. He was released in 2009 and is on probation until 2018.