UPDATE: The La Jolla (CA) Light mistakenly reported Cromartie as being “arrested” and has since changed the headline of its story.
UPDATE: The SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE reports that Stephen Cooper was also in the bar with Cromartie when the alleged assault took place.
UPDATE: The man who covers the Chargers the closest, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE beat writer Kevin Acee, reports “Before everyone jumps on Cromartie, several sources telling me it wasn’t him who threw bottle. Just saying we need to let facts come out.“
Not disputing Acee’s sources, but Cromartie’s “it slipped” admission to police doesn’t exactly work in his favor.
The LA JOLLA (CA) LIGHT headlines today that Antonio Cromartie has been arrested by San Diego police for his role in an altercation at a San Diego bar last night.
Cromartie allegedly threw a champagne bottle that hit another person in the head at Bar West, 959 Hornblend St., around 1:15 a.m., according to the San Diego Police Department.
The Pro Bowl star said that it “slipped out of his hand,” said department spokesman Detective Gary Hassen. No injuries were serious enough to require hospital treatment, according to the detective, and no one was arrested.
Hassen said a police report about the fight would be turned over to the City Attorney’s Office for review later Monday.
The headline indicates that Cromartie has been arrested, but the copy states otherwise. That seems like an either/or, so a clarification should be forthcoming.
Meanwhile, Cromartie’s agent Gary Wichard has also addressed his client’s possible involvement in the incident. And Wichard’s comments suggest that more Chargers were involved in the incident.
UPDATE: Cromartie’s agent, Gary Wichard, seems to be throwing Antonio’s teammates under the bus, telling TMZ, “This is absolutely not a story. Antonio didn’t throw the bottle. There were actually three other players involved. Antonio is at a complex working out. Again, this is not a story.”
UPDATE #2: After we posted Wichard’s statement, his story changed. Here is what he’s telling us now: “he was there with 2 other players … no one was involved in the fight.”
Sounds like some serious damage controlling going on by Cromartie’s agent. And with Wichard presenting the possibility that four Chargers were involved, it’s safe to assume that this story is only getting started.