San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was reportedly arrested Sunday night following his involvement in a fight outside an upscale night club. The arrest allegedly took place at around 8:45 p.m. local time.
Update: A subsequent report from U-T San Diego indicates that Matthews was not arrested. However, San Diego police did confirm that an altercation did occur outside the club.
“We can say that he was definitely not arrested by SDPD," Sgt. Robin Rose said, "but there might have been a separate arrest that lead to that (report). … It was not Ryan Mathews.”
Mathews has since sent out the following tweet, implying his innocence in the alleged situation, "Home healthy and happy! Don't know how my name got in this but I'm good!"
Here is the original story from Examiner.com:
One witness, David Nieto aka Dj Wired, reported seeing a group of five Hispanic males inside the club proceed to speak to Mathews and another black male. All men including Mathews were described as intoxicated. The altercation took place outside the club gate where everyone smokes. Witnesses say words over a female were exchanged and Mathews reportedly knocked one male out cold and the individual was taken to UCSD medical hospital.
The incident comes on the heels of recent reports that alleged the maligned player received nasty messages via social media. Mathews claims that some people have sent him Twitter messages hoping that he and his mother gets AIDS and die.
Chargers fans have been upset with Mathews' production since joining the organization. The young tailback has failed to live up to the bar set by former Chargers Pro Bowl running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Those are undoubtedly some big shoes to fill, though.
Mathews, who was drafted 12th overall in 2010 out of Fresno State, has been hampered by injuries since entering the National Football League. He has produced just 14 touchdowns and 2,476 yards in 38 career games. This after inking a 5-year, $26 million contract upon being drafted. A whopping $15 million of that deal is guaranteed, too.
Via The Big Lead