Charger sued in 2009 bottle incidentFebruary 3, 2012 No Comments
A man has filed a lawsuit against San Diego Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips alleging the player broke a Champagne bottle over his head at a Pacific Beach bar in 2009.
San Diego Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips talks at a news conference Monday Dec. 21, 2009 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) — AP
Antonio Cromartie — Earnie Grafton / Union-Tribune
Kam Saran filed the lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court in November. The suit says Phillips struck or dropped the bottle on Saran’s head at Bar West.
Saran, then 24, suffered a laceration and closed-head injury as a result, according to the suit.
Phillips’ attorney responded to the suit in December, denying all allegations.
San Diego police investigated the Nov. 23, 2009, incident when it occurred but made no arrests.
Witnesses told them two tables of patrons were spraying Moet Chandon at each other when the bottle was tossed.
Antonio Cromartie, a Chargers cornerback at the time, was initially questioned as a suspect. He was among several Chargers at the bar celebrating a win over the Denver Broncos. Police quickly determined he was not involved, and that there was no evidence that anything was thrown. The case was never filed to prosecutors for review.
Police reports obtained by 10News, a media partner of U-T San Diego, show there was much confusion about who may have thrown the bottle.
In a declaration signed in December, Cromartie, who now plays for the New York Jets, claimed it was Phillips who threw the bottle, according to the document obtained by 10News.
Police Lt. Andra Brown said Friday that Phillips was among several players looked at during the initial investigation, but no evidence could be found against him or anyone else. Police do not plan to reopen the investigation.
Representatives for Phillips could not be immediately reached for comment Friday afternoon.
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