Carolina Panthers

Panthers' Bridges arrested after restaurant incident

CHARLOTTE -- Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges was arrested Sunday evening on three misdemeanor counts.

A warrant was issued for his arrest earlier Sunday, and Bridges surrendered himself to authorities Sunday night, as teammates were in meetings at the team hotel in preparation for tonight's game against Tampa Bay.

Warrants were issued for two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and one count of communicating threats.

According to his attorney, George Laughrun, the incident leading to his arrest occurred outside the Villa Antonio restaurant in the Ballantyne area. Laughrun said Bridges was there with his wife celebrating their anniversary, and there was some dispute after a bottle of champagne was uncorked and some patrons were sprayed. He was then asked to leave the restaurant, where there was a dispute with the bouncers.

Bridges was in the process of being released on $2,500 bond late Sunday night.

Laughrun said Bridges "adamantly denied" pushing the bouncers at the restaurant.

The reserve offensive lineman was suspended for the first two games of the 2007 season after being arrested the night before training camp. In that instance, he was charged with assault for pointing a gun at a stripper outside a south Charlotte club. He was found guilty, and eventually rescinded his appeal after being guaranteed no further discipline from the league.

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