Bears player arrested for assault, public intoxciation

Henry Melton Grapevine Police Dept.

GRAPEVINE, Texas - Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton was arrested at a sports bar in Grapevine, Texas early Sunday morning after allegedly getting into a dispute with the restaurant manager, reports CBS affiliate KHOU.

Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said Melton, 27, erupted after being asked to leave the establishment, according to the station.


 "Melton allegedly punched the restaurant manager in the face and bit him on the arm," Eberling said in a written statement.

Four restaurant staffers were reportedly needed to restrain the 295-pound NFL player until police arrived.

Melton, a native of Cedar Hill, Texas, was arrested on assault and public intoxication charges. He was cut on the nose during the altercation, but declined treatment, reports the station.

The former Texas Longhorns player was released at 11 a.m. Sunday after posting bond totaling $1,210.

Chicago played in Philadelphia on Sunday night. Melton was sidelined for the 2013 season after injuring his knee in a game against Pittsburgh on September 22.

Melton's agent, Jordan Woy, didn't immediately comment. Bears officials say they're seeking more information about the incident.



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