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With Friends Like Erasmus James, Who Needs Enemies?

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Erasmus James, former first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2005 NFL draft, was arrested Thursday morning at a downtown Madison bar for allegedly punching a friend in the face after James tried to order another drink at 2:15 a.m. Good things always happen after two in the morning.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said James and a friend were at Wando’s, 602 University Ave., about 2:15 a.m. when James tried to order a drink. Told it was past bar time, DeSpain said, James complained to the bartender when his friend stepped in and told James to relax.

The two began to tussle, DeSpain said. The friend had James pinned to the floor, and when the friend got up, James punched him, leaving a cut below his eye.

Ah yes. Wando’s. Actually, I’ve never been there. But I bet it’s not as cool as Dando’s, the former Lemonheads frontman’s treatment facility in Boston.

If James displayed the sort of passion and intensity he did when trying to get his drink on during his playing days with the Vikings (and later, briefly with the Redskins), maybe the former Wisconsin Badger would have improved on his five sacks over four years.

UW and NFL player Erasmus James arrested after fight at Downtown bar [Wisconsin State Journal]