As Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton continues the process of overcoming a serious knee injury and commences the process of overcoming an arrest, Melton’s agent has launched the process of proclaiming Melton’s innocence.
“After investigating the matter, Henry Melton did not physically start any altercation that evening,” Jordan Woy said in a statement issued earlier this week, via the Chicago Tribune. “We have had several independent witnesses contact us separately to corroborate this. We plan to defend Henry in this matter and we will determine if we will bring any causes of action on his behalf.”
In other words, Melton may be suing someone.
He was charged Sunday with misdemeanor assault and public intoxication after an arrest at a sports bar in Grapevine, Texas. According to police, Melton allegedly “punched the restaurant manager in the face and bit him on the arm” as Melton was in the process of being thrown out of the establishment. Also, a quartet of security employees allegedly were needed to restrain Melton pending the arrival of police.
Melton emerged with a cut on his nose.
The Bears applied the franchise tag to Melton for 2013. He’s destined to hit the open market in March. Between a torn ACL and a fresh legal entanglement, it’s unlikely Melton will get a big-money, long-term deal from the Bears. Or from anyone.