2 New England Patriots Injured in Nightclub Melee
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ New England Patriot Hart Lee Dykes was hospitalized and fellow wide receiver Irving Fryar faced a criminal charge after a melee outside a nightclub, where the football players said they were attacked.
Police were summoned to a disturbance outside the Club Shalamar in Providence early this morning, Lt. Steven Hall said.
Fryar was released on $10,000 personal recognizance after he was arraigned on a charge of carrying a gun without a permit. A court hearing was set for Dec. 12.
Fryar has a valid Massachusetts handgun permit, but it is only valid in certain conditions, said Capt. Bernard Gannon.
″This is not one of them,″ Gannon said.
Dykes and Fryar told police they were jumped by several people, Hall said. The teammates said they were hit from behind and didn’t know who attacked them, he said.
″Several witnesses said they had been in front of the nightclub and toward the end of the evening they were causing problems,″ Hall said.
Witnesses said Fryar ran to his car, grabbed a 9mm handgun, put it in his boot and returned to the scene, according to the police report.
Police reported he pointed the gun at people who ″scattered and fled in all directions.″
Dykes was reported in satisfactory condition today at Rhode Island Hospital.
″His eye is swollen,″ said Dykes’ doctor, ophthalmologist Robert Bahr. Fryar was hit on the back of the head with an unknown object and required three stitches to close the wound.
The Patriots, with only one win in their first five games and plagued by a controversy about a woman reporter being harassed in the locker room, are off to their worst start since they went 2-14 in 1981.
A team spokesman said the club would investigate the incident.
Patrick Sullivan, the team’s general manager, said, ″I hope that, at least in this instance, everybody’s effort will be focused on finding out exactly what happened before people come out with wild accusations that have no substance to it, and that includes what Irving’s role was in this.″