Panthers Lineman Reportedly Arrested
Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges reportedly was arrested Sunday on charges stemming from an incident at a restaurant Saturday night.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Bridges was charged with simple assault and battery and communicating threats. He turned himself in and was expected to be released on $2,500 bond, according to the newspaper.
The Panthers face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight with first place in the NFC South at stake.
Bridges is a backup who filled in as the starter at right tackle earlier this season when rookie Jeff Otah was hurt.
He reportedly agreed to leave a restaurant after spraying champagne from a bottle at the bar and getting other customers wet. According to the Observer, he was pursued by a female customer who was complaining loudly. Bridges is accused of pushing a bouncer who attempted to restrain him.
Attorney George Laughrun, who represents Bridges, told the Observer that Bridges did not push a bouncer and would plead not guilty to the charges.
"He left his credit card there and had to go back and get his credit card," the attorney told the newspaper. "There was a woman who evidently got irate. But we adamantly disagree that he pushed or shoved anybody, or communicated threats to anyone."
According to the Observer, Bridges was suspended by the Panthers for the first two games of last season after being arrested just before training camp and accused of pointing a gun at a woman outside a Charlotte strip club. Bridges reportedly pleaded not guilty but was convicted of misdemeanor assault and sentenced to a 60-day suspended jail term and community service. He reportedly appealed but later dropped his appeal.
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