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Henry Melton being sued for biting bar owner in kidney


Texas-native Henry Melton is continuing his visit with Cowboys officials, a process which generally includes dinner with team officials.

But it was a previous quick bite outside Dallas that has Melton in the middle of another bit of business that could deal with large sums of money.

According to WFAA, Melton is being sued for “a sum greater than $1 million,” for biting a bar owner in the back while in the process of being thrown out of the bar.

Melton was arrested for public intoxication and assault on Dec. 23, 2013, for an incident that included charges that he bit bar owner Donald Payne, who owns the sports bar Chill in nearby Grapevine, where Melton lives.

Surveillance video shows a person being asked to leave, which led to a fight. The lawyer representing the bar owner said it escalated quickly.

“When he was asked to leave, his belligerence and unruliness turned into violence,” said attorney Darren Wolf. “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.

“There’s some psychological injury there. The thought of another human being you don’t know biting through your skin, piercing your skin… it’s a pretty frightening experience. And it’s dangerous.”

According to Wolf, Payne was treated and released at an area hospital.

Melton’s agent, Jordan Woy, issued a statement refuting the claims.

“We have recently reviewed the lawsuit and do not believe the validity of the allegations made,” Woy said. “We look forward to providing the true facts in court and will defend this matter vigorously. We will seek to hold The Chill and others accountable for any and all damages Henry has suffered at the hands of multiple men who attacked him.”

At this point, we’d normally make a crack about a lawyer named Wolf representing a man named Payne being bitten by an NFL defensive lineman.

But sometimes these jokes just write themselves.

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81 Responses to “Henry Melton being sued for biting bar owner in kidney”
  1. wtfchiefs says: Mar 18, 2014 8:06 AM

    Now that’s an interesting headline. Pulitzer material.

  2. almighty1 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:06 AM

    I’m not saying he shouldn’t pay up but “psychological damage?” Gotta love lawyers.

  3. cakesw says: Mar 18, 2014 8:07 AM

    Ok…. How many of you people had to read the title of this thread 4-5 times before clicking the link to read this ????

    Be honest….

  4. knicksmets says: Mar 18, 2014 8:10 AM

    What?? That’s crazy

  5. wwrgesusd says: Mar 18, 2014 8:10 AM

    Perfect fit as aDallas Cowboy. Send in the clowns, Jerra!

  6. jetsarestacked says: Mar 18, 2014 8:11 AM

    LOL that’s a great headline i must say

  7. whatnojets says: Mar 18, 2014 8:11 AM

    What a team, them Cowboys!

    Melton and Titus Young would make a great couple!

  8. sc711 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:11 AM

    So, he had a melt-on down?

  9. Obama's Ballsack says: Mar 18, 2014 8:12 AM

    Lol what? Aw man. I needed this joke this morning.

  10. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 18, 2014 8:14 AM

    Watch this old story get new legs now that Melton is talking to Dallas.

  11. joetoronto says: Mar 18, 2014 8:15 AM

    He sounds like a stand up guy.

  12. reed20fence says: Mar 18, 2014 8:16 AM

    I’m sorry, what!?

  13. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 18, 2014 8:17 AM

    Very few people know this, buy NFL Rule 1713.080(a)(1)(A)(iii), section (4) reads:

    “The biting of kidneys carries with it a 15 yard penalty, loss of down and a stern reprimand.”

    It’s right after the section of the NFL Rules that discusses, “thumb-hooking an opponent’s belly button”.

  14. allhailkingflacco says: Mar 18, 2014 8:20 AM

    I’m just wondering if a side of fava beans and a glass of chianti are a part of this.

  15. mdobrasz says: Mar 18, 2014 8:20 AM

    Just when you thought you’ve read the most ridiculous story of an NFL player making a fool of himself……

  16. seatownballers says: Mar 18, 2014 8:21 AM

    Did he taste like chicken?

  17. chmura97 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:21 AM

    The greeenbay packers are a joke that writes its self!

  18. ajgreenhof says: Mar 18, 2014 8:23 AM


  19. vincentbojackson says: Mar 18, 2014 8:28 AM

    Who among us hasn’t been accused of biting a bar owner in the kidney?

  20. granadafan says: Mar 18, 2014 8:30 AM

    Biting, pulling hair, and nut shots are just against the unwritten rules of fights.

  21. blizzard01 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:31 AM

    This one time, at band camp,….

  22. restorativejusticeprogram says: Mar 18, 2014 8:32 AM

    “Back biting? YES!!!”

    — Marv Albert

  23. bennyb82 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:35 AM

    Only a matter of time before we see lawsuits for staredowns…causing extreme psychological injury.

  24. raiders4lyfe17 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:38 AM

    This is the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, luckily the walking dead has been teaching me how to survive

  25. babyriggo44 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:38 AM

    its clear to me that the Twilight movie saga has had a huge effect on this dude

  26. bucrightoff says: Mar 18, 2014 8:39 AM

    Extreme case of the munchies

  27. babyriggo44 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:41 AM

    Henry Melton AKA Back Biter

  28. jvande102 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:41 AM

    I think Hank thinks his value is higher than it truly is. Vikings, Seahawks, and Cowboys all let him leave without a deal.

    The Bears seem to be playing this situation very smart…surprisingly ; let the guy go out and establish his market (which is appearing to be low) then the Bears can make an offer to him that they see fit. If that’s what they are doing, good on them.

  29. selldannysell says: Mar 18, 2014 8:42 AM

    When are the Cowboys signing him? Sounds like he’ll fit right in!

  30. isphet71 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:43 AM

    Marv Albert probably won’t be reporting on this one.

  31. marvsleezy says: Mar 18, 2014 8:44 AM

    Im sorry, but that is genius writing! I love it….

    But it was a previous quick bite outside Dallas that has Melton in the middle of another bit of business that could deal with large sums of money.

  32. babyriggo44 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:46 AM

    Does anyone know if he had ordered Fava Beans and a nice Chianti ?

  33. jackdaniels1 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:46 AM

    Hmmm….thought this would have been something Kenny Britt would do

  34. ariani1985 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:47 AM

    Milton, sharper, chamura? All green bay team!

  35. ziplock10 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:47 AM

    That’s Cowboy material there! 😉

  36. godofwine330 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:47 AM

    A million dollars for a bite? I like what Shakespeare said about the lawyers (except Florio). This is beyond ridiculous and an obvious money grab. I swear, some of these folks are worse than females with paternity suits. I mean check the words of his lawyer:

    “There’s some psychological injury there. The thought of another human being you don’t know biting through your skin, piercing your skin… it’s a pretty frightening experience. And it’s dangerous.”

    Are you kidding me? This is a sad, sad, world that you even have to waste your time defending yourself from senseless nonsense. Now you have to pay the lawyer’s fees and waste money just to get this thrown out of court. I’m almost positive that the video cannot show a kidney bite or even close because most security video isn’t Hollywood cinema quality. So bogus. I almost never want to be rich and famous.

  37. babyriggo44 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:49 AM

    reminds me of Dickey Davis

  38. sociosquatch says: Mar 18, 2014 8:52 AM

    he and marv albert should hang out.

  39. thegronk87 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:52 AM

    Perfect for the ravens, he and ray rice can start a club

  40. gorilladunk says: Mar 18, 2014 8:52 AM

    I guess Melton took McGruff’s advice to heart….”take a bite outta crime”

  41. arwiv says: Mar 18, 2014 8:55 AM

    How is a bite, unless its to your jugular and you almost die, worth a million bucks? People lose limbs and don’t get that much.

  42. skinsfan83 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:56 AM

    Get that guy a cameo on The Walking Dead!!!

  43. ravensdominate says: Mar 18, 2014 8:57 AM

    How do you bite someone in the kidney???

  44. Revis and Buttfumble says: Mar 18, 2014 8:58 AM

    This seems like a quite an accomplishment. I can understand if he was accusing Melton of biting a finger, or an arm, or maybe a leg, or something, but a kidney? How exactly does someone bite a kidney??? That is like suing him for biting his heart, or lung, or brain, LMFAO

  45. jimthebuilder27 says: Mar 18, 2014 9:03 AM

    Wow, what a moron.

  46. ccjcsr says: Mar 18, 2014 9:04 AM

    Must have been auditioning for “The Walking Dead”

  47. alshonsmeathooks says: Mar 18, 2014 9:04 AM

    yeah.. this is probably the weirdest off field mishap yet

  48. dtownsportslions says: Mar 18, 2014 9:07 AM

    Classic Bears move

  49. rollinghighwayblues says: Mar 18, 2014 9:07 AM

    Best headline of the year.

  50. deathonwings410 says: Mar 18, 2014 9:09 AM

    Just weird. And funny. Actually, HEElarious!

  51. surfinbird1 says: Mar 18, 2014 9:15 AM

    Stop all this back biting.

  52. realnflmaster says: Mar 18, 2014 9:17 AM

    The question everyone is dying to know…… did it taste?

  53. jdbaker01 says: Mar 18, 2014 9:17 AM

    Everything’s bigger in Texas, including kidney bitings.

  54. micknangold says: Mar 18, 2014 9:22 AM

    That headline makes it seem like he bit the dude’s kidney out of his body.

  55. kwjsb says: Mar 18, 2014 9:26 AM

    Next time make sure the pretzel bowl is full.

  56. poewing says: Mar 18, 2014 9:32 AM

    Reggie Mckenzie will pick up the tag.

  57. nflpoker says: Mar 18, 2014 9:33 AM

    Maybe he is good friends with Mike Tyson and they just wanted to go out for something to eat.

  58. trumb1mj says: Mar 18, 2014 9:38 AM

    The Bears organization is completely out of control… They have no control over their players. The GM and head coach are directly responsible for this.

  59. chicagosports2014 says: Mar 18, 2014 9:46 AM

    Guarantee the lawsuit hurt Dallas chances of him signing there

  60. trollingforjustice says: Mar 18, 2014 9:57 AM

    “quid pro quo Clarisse, quid pro quo!”

  61. logicalvoiceslogicalvoice says: Mar 18, 2014 10:10 AM

    Send him to the BUCS. When he bites someone he will get MRSA. That will teach him.

  62. intelligent cement says: Mar 18, 2014 10:20 AM

    Rule One of bar fighting:

    Always lead with your teeth.

    Rule Two of bar fighting:

    Always aim for the kidney(s).

    Seriously, what??

  63. joelvis72 says: Mar 18, 2014 10:36 AM

    He bit the bar owner in Kidney, Australia.

  64. rhamrhoddy says: Mar 18, 2014 10:39 AM

    You can’t just go biting a Payne in the back. Not Chill dude.

  65. holdsteady76 says: Mar 18, 2014 10:57 AM

    Better call Saul.

  66. flyboy123456 says: Mar 18, 2014 11:09 AM

    word on the street is this clown’s going to change his last name to Meltdown.

  67. beachsidejames says: Mar 18, 2014 11:39 AM

    With all the warewolf tv shows going on this guy might have a backup career on television.

  68. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 18, 2014 11:41 AM

    What a sissy! Everyone knows you can survive with one kidney.

  69. weepingjebus says: Mar 18, 2014 11:53 AM

    Kidney bite? Does he have one of those retractable jaws, like in Aliens?

  70. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Mar 18, 2014 12:26 PM

    that’s a blue note for henry

  71. mogogo1 says: Mar 18, 2014 12:45 PM

    He must have been fall-down drunk or that was one big bar owner. Because a guy of his size shouldn’t need to resort to biting anybody on the back.

  72. richc111 says: Mar 18, 2014 12:51 PM

    Wow I am going to start to hang around Milton and hope he bites me. I could use a million or so. Heck if he has genavitus maybe I will ask for 2 Mill.

  73. micknangold says: Mar 18, 2014 1:07 PM

    And I’m pretty sure you’d be screwed up in the head if a man the size of Henry Melton damn near took a chunk of your back with his TEETH!

  74. blowfishes says: Mar 18, 2014 1:39 PM

    How bloody deep did he bite to reach his kidney?

    Sounds more like a guy is being completely pinned down by multiple people with someone laying on top of him (body across Melton’s chest) and he lashed out the only way he could.

    Video evidence will probably be needed to extrapolate exactly what went on!

  75. vicnocal says: Mar 18, 2014 2:28 PM

    Hannibal Melton.

  76. urbusted2 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:59 PM

    Is Melton related to Mike Tyson?

  77. dctillidie says: Mar 18, 2014 3:01 PM

    Please sign him Dallas! We would love for you to go to the bottom of the NFC East!

  78. doggeatdogg says: Mar 18, 2014 6:34 PM

    You cannot bite someone in the kidney because they are so deep in the abdomen unless you cut into the belly and at that point, it’s cannibalism. He was bitten on the abdomen or to be precise, on the right or left flank. He’s already baiting the jury.

  79. jaydgrog says: Mar 18, 2014 11:54 PM

    Melton was heard yelling right after the biting incident, “give me damn fans beans and a jug of Chianti!”

  80. blowfishes says: Mar 19, 2014 11:12 AM

    The first rule of Bite Club… is you don’t talk about Bite Club!!!

  81. bruceketchum61 says: Mar 19, 2014 11:24 AM

    does he know Michael Vick?

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