Man acquitted of punching Dilfer, may press charges

LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- A man accused of punching Cleveland Browns quarterback Trent Dilfer in a bar was acquitted on Friday.

A jury found Joshua Pfeil, 23, not guilty of misdemeanor assault. Dilfer testified Wednesday in Lakewood Municipal Court that Pfeil insulted him and then punched him in the face before he could react.

Pfeil, who says Dilfer choked and shoved him, told WOIO-TV in Cleveland that he was leaning toward filing charges against Dilfer in return but would have to talk the matter over with his attorney.

Pfeil's lawyer argued that Dilfer sparked the fight on June 10 in a suburban Cleveland bar, before the quarterback began his first season with the Browns. Pfeil alerted police, according to reports.

Dilfer started the first 11 games for the Browns in 2005 before being replaced by rookie Charlie Frye in the last five.