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NFL player for the Carolina Panthers Jon Beason, was sued for assault & battery by a fan who claims that Mr. Beason attacked him in a stripclub in Atlanta called the Uptown Cabaret.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the fan, Mr. Gregory C. Frye, alleges that Mr. Beason got into an altercation with him over the fact that Mr. Frye told another Panthers player (Dante Rosario) that he had seen Mr. Beason do lines of cocaine with a girl.
Mr. Frye claims that shortly after he told this to Mr. Rosario, Mr. Beason's body guard came up to him and said, "Whatever you said about Beason, he's really pissed. You need to go talk to him." When Mr. Frye attempted to talk to Mr. Beason, Mr. Frye claims that Mr. Beason punched and kicked him which resulted in a crushed nasal cavity, a facial fracture, and swelling on the left side of his head.
The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Beason admits to the attack shortly after: "Yeah, I hit him. It might cost me a hundred grand, but you don't go around telling people I'm doing coke."
Mr. Frye is seeking over $10,000 in damages. Mr. Beason is also facing criminal charges over this altercation.
In the meantime, Gaston Gazette reports that Panthers coach John Fox has said that Mr. Beason will not face disciplinary action until after the case with Mr. Frye has been decided.
Gaston Gazette quotes Mr. Beason's attorney as saying that Mr. Frye is in "fantasy land if he thinks this happened."