Surveillance video shows free agent DT Henry Melton allegedly biting bar owner (video)
The chances of Henry Melton landing a job in the free agent market may be taking a bit of hit after a Dallas station released surveillance video of an alleged altercation between the former Chicago Bears defensive tackle and a bar owner.
The altercation, which occurred on Dec. 23, 2013 just before 2 a.m., allegedly involved Melton and Donald Payne, owner of the establishment The Chill, located in Grapevine, Tex., a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth.
The video shows a customer believed to be Melton arguing with a bartender with the bartender repeatedly pointing to the door telling the customer to leave.
That’s when things allegedly got out of control.
WFAA-8 has the details:
“When he was asked to leave, his belligerence and unruliness turned into violence,” said attorney Darren Wolf, who represents Donald Payne, the owner of Chill.
The surveillance video clearly shows at least one punch was thrown. Wolf said it took four people to remove the customer, who they later discovered was Henry Melton, a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears and a former Texas Longhorns player. Melton graduated from Grapevine High School.
“It took four men to do this because he’s a big guy,” Wolf said. “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.”
Melton was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and public intoxication in the incident.
Payne has now filed suit against Melton, seeking damages “in a sum greater than $1 million,” according to court documents.
Wolf claims the injuries Melton allegedly inflicted on his client are more than skin deep.
“There’s some psychological injury there,” Wolf said. “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.”
Jordan Woy, Melton’s agent, has issued a statement refuting the claims set forth in the lawsuit.
“We have recently reviewed the lawsuit and do not believe the validity of the allegations made. 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.”
Melton reportedly is in the Twin Cities meeting with the Minnesota Vikings. Odds are he is wishing this video, which casts the allegations against him in an even more negative light, hadn’t come to light until at least after he had signed a free agent deal.