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Rams linebacker claims self-defense in fight with NBA player

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Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar will soon be delivering hits, but he’s claiming self-defense in an incident with an NBA player outside a South Beach nightclub.

According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dunbar was actually only charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and breach of peace, not battery as was mentioned in an earlier report of the incident.

According to the police report, Dunbar said he was defending himself, after an altercation with former Sacramento Kings player Donte Greene and Greene’s brother.

One of the officers responding to the incident said he was concerned for Dunbar’s safety, and after warning Greene, hit him with a taser for “approximately 6-7 seconds.”

That ended the fight, but Greene said Dunbar was assaulting his brother.

“I’m sorry, officer, but this guy has been after me for years since I got into the NBA,” Greene said in the report. “He was beating my brother and I had to do what I did.”

Dunbar got off on the wrong foot last year, as he was suspended for four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. This arrest will merit review by the league as well, but so far the Rams haven’t commented on the incident.

At the very least, it’s a reminder of why coaches are so glad the offseason is nearly over.

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13 Responses to “Rams linebacker claims self-defense in fight with NBA player”
  1. mightbegoingtohellforthis says: Jul 22, 2014 11:46 AM

    Bro tased him.

  2. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 22, 2014 11:50 AM

    Today’s latest episode of “As the NFL Turns”. Starring…J-Lonn Dunbar and a cast of clowns.

  3. computojon says: Jul 22, 2014 11:59 AM

    How is it possible that a charge of “disorderly conduct and breach of the peace” (misdemeanors) could have been reported in the press as “battery” (felony)?

  4. Bill Belitext says: Jul 22, 2014 12:58 PM

    I am sort of of the opinion that anything short of “NFL player beats the crap out of NBA player…” takes a huge shot at your credibility. You get paid to hit people for a living, and you werent able to out right pound an NBA player (who hasnt played in the NBA for 2 years)? Every NBA “fight” of the last 25 years was a lame slap fest. Just saying.

  5. dabears2485 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:04 PM

    computojon says:
    Jul 22, 2014 11:59 AM
    How is it possible that a charge of “disorderly conduct and breach of the peace” (misdemeanors) could have been reported in the press as “battery” (felony)?

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    You still expect honesty from today’s press? Which ones do you think generate the most internet hits, misdemeanors or felonies? Integrity in the press is dead.

  6. whatjusthapped says: Jul 22, 2014 1:06 PM

    Trade him to the Ravens, he will fit right in.

  7. tvguy22 says: Jul 22, 2014 1:25 PM

    No way! A nightclub?

  8. granadafan says: Jul 22, 2014 1:30 PM

    Sounds like there’s some weird history between these two guys. I’m mildly interested in the background story.

  9. xsm941f says: Jul 22, 2014 1:56 PM

    How could this story be posted without ANYTHING on the obvious background story with these morons?

  10. baltimoresnativeson says: Jul 22, 2014 2:10 PM

    So let me get this straight, none of you wusses commenting have been in a fight as an adult before?

  11. cmoney20 says: Jul 22, 2014 2:15 PM

    “Every NBA “fight” of the last 25 years was a lame slap fest. Just saying.”

    Yea that slap fest between the Pistons and Pacers years ago was pretty lame. Bunch of guys running around slapping each other and then slapping the fans. “Slapfest 2004″ I think it was called. But, NFL fights are so much tougher. I mean pulling on the other guys face mask, punching each others helmets. Damn, so tough. Id imagine an NFL player would beat up an NBA player based solely on what sports they play because I think logically.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 22, 2014 2:46 PM

    “We were just hanging around altercating with each other when these damn cops butted in…”.

  13. selliott504 says: Jul 22, 2014 9:26 PM

    I remember Jo-Lonn as a solid citizen when he was with the SAINTS! What’s up with the change?

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