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Melton's reps could pursue legal action

12/24/2013

Representatives for Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton on Tuesday said they “plan to defend” their client, who was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with assault and public intoxication in Grapevine, Texas, stemming from an alleged altercation at Chill Sports Bar & Grill.

Melton’s agent, Jordan Woy, said the player's reps have investigated the incident and could end up pursuing legal action against the bar.

“After investigating the matter, Henry Melton did not physically start any altercation that evening,” Woy said. “We have had several independent witnesses contact us separately to corroborate this. We plan to defend Henry in this matter, and we will determine if we will bring any causes of action on his behalf.”

Melton was arrested at 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning after allegedly becoming involved in an altercation with a bartender, and posted bond at 9:21 a.m.

Grapevine police Sgt. Robert Eberling told ESPN.com that Melton was “belligerent with some of the staff members” at the bar and also “struck a staff member.”

“He was asked to leave,” Eberling told ESPN.com. “He refused to do so. They had to restrain Mr. Melton. When police arrived, they subsequently determined he was intoxicated.”

A patron at the bar, however, claimed to witness the incident and said that Melton “didn’t really do anything,” adding the defensive tackle held his arms up throughout the alleged altercation and didn’t throw a punch.

A Pro Bowler in 2012, Melton is on Chicago's injured reserve list after suffering a torn ACL in the team's Sept. 22 victory at Pittsburgh.

The Bears tagged Melton last offseason with the franchise designation, which pays $8.45 million. But he'll be a free agent at the end of the season.

In his career, Melton has posted 15.5 sacks, 66 solo tackles (nine for loss), three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. In three games this season, Melton posted three solo tackles, two quarterback pressures and a fumble recovery.

In a statement issued Sunday by the Bears, the team said it is aware of the arrest and is in the process of "gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest."