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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cromartie Will NOT Be Charged

Source: San Diego Tribune

Charges will not be filed against Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who was accused of hitting another man on the head with a champagne bottle in a bar, San Diego police said Thursday.

The case was not sent to the City Attorney’s Office or District Attorney’s Office, said Mónica Muñoz, a San Diego police spokeswoman.

“Based on the investigation, there is no evidence a crime occurred,” the spokeswoman said.

Cromartie was being investigated for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in the Nov. 23 incident at Bar West in Pacific Beach where he and other Chargers were celebrating their victory against the Denver Broncos. Witnesses told investigating officers that two tables of patrons were spraying champagne at each other when someone threw the bottle that struck a 24-year-old man in the head, causing minor injuries.

“There is no indication anything was thrown in the bar that night,” Muñoz said.

Police said Thursday that they don’t know how the man in the bar was injured. Police said Cromartie never told them that the bottle slipped from his hand, and that they don’t know where that story came from.

Police said there were many witnesses to the incident but all gave inconsistent statements. Cromartie was interviewed by police as part of the investigation.

In response to the news Thursday, Cromartie said: “I knew I wouldn’t (be charged). I didn’t do anything. I just hate that my name got slandered.”

In a post on Twitter the day after the incident, the player said, “I want to apologize to Charger nation and my fans. There’s sum stuff out abt me that’s not true. It will come out. God Bless.”

Several other players, including linebacker Stephen Cooper, defensive lineman Travis Johnson and running back Darren Sproles were at the bar.

Cooper told the Union-Tribune earlier that nothing happened and that there was no fight. Johnson termed the incident as “foolishness” and said Cromartie had nothing to do with it.