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Henry Melton facing lawsuit in Texas after bar incident
Free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton is facing a lawsuit stemming from the incident in a Texas bar in December that resulted in his arrest.
According to WFAA 8 in Texas, Donald Payne, the owner of Chill Sports Bar in Grapevine, Texas is suing Melton, who is testing free agency after four years with the Bears.
“When he was asked to leave, his belligerence and unruliness turned into violence,” attorney Darren Wolf, who represents Payne, told WFAA.
“It took four men to do this because he’s a big guy. And in the process, my client — Mr. Payne — received a really, really horrific bite from Mr. Melton. He bit him in the side, near the kidney, through the skin.”
WFAA cites court documents that say Payne is seeking monetary relief “in a sum greater than $1 million.”
Melton was arrested by Grapevine police after the incident, which occurred at 1:45 a.m. on Dec. 22. He was charged with misdemeanor assault and public intoxication.
Melton, who went to Grapevine High School, was on injured reserve at the time with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.
The Bears did express an interest in re-signing the former Pro Bowler. But Melton is testing free agency, reportedly visiting the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.
“We’re working through that,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said of Melton’s free-agent situation on Wednesday. “I believe Henry has got a number of teams to look through. They’re very interested in his medical status [after his torn ACL].”