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5 pro lacrosse players charged after brawl at Bloomington T.G.I. Friday’s

This news story was published on February 16, 2012.
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Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis –

Five members of a professional lacrosse team visiting from New York state were arrested following an outburst with other patrons at a Bloomington restaurant that involved food, bottles and silverware being thrown, authorities said Wednesday.

The melee erupted shortly before 1 a.m. Monday at the T.G.I. Friday’s across from the Mall of America and involved 20 to 30 people inside and then “spilling to the outside,” said Deputy Chief of Police Rick Hart.

“It started with someone tossing a menu,” Hart said. “One of the groups didn’t like it.”

Before long, glasses, bottles, food and silverware were flying through the air, Hart said. The restaurant reported about $1,600 in damage to police.

The members of the Rochester Knighthawks appeared Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court and returned home that night, said team president Lewis Staats.

Also arrested and charged with misdemeanors were two T.G.I. Friday’s patrons from the Twin Cities: Tyrissa Hart, 19, of Minneapolis; and Travis Davidson, 27, of Maplewood.

Staats said his team’s executives and the National Lacrosse League are investigating what happened.

The charges against the five players — Cody Jamieson, Sid Smith, Travis Hill, Jordan Hall and Tyler Burton — include disorderly conduct, obstructing the legal process and obstructing the legal process with force. The charges are either gross misdemeanors or misdemeanors.

Hart was charged with disorderly conduct, and Davidson was charged with fleeing police on foot.

While no charges were filed connected to alcohol consumption, Hart said “it’s probably pretty likely” that drinking played a role in the behavior.

The Knighthawks had lost to the Minnesota Swarm Sunday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Staats said “we haven’t had any issues to deal with before” regarding the behavior of the five players.

The team’s next game is Saturday, and Staats said he has yet to determine whether any of the five will be allowed to play. Jamieson is the team’s leading scorer.

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