In yet another black eye for the league, TMZ released a video Wednesday showing the actions that led to the arrest Tuesday morning of Washington Redskins’ safety Montae Nicholson — and, as TMZ puts it, it’s “violent.”
The incident, captured in a cell phone video, reportedly occurred around 2 a.m. on a street in Virginia. The footage shows Nicholson, sporting a red hoodie, repeatedly punching a guy in a jean jacket, while a female on the ground appears to be attempting to hold the unnamed man’s arm and strike him.
Another man in a red sweatshirt appears to be attempting to restrain Nicholson, but Nicholson — who’s 6’3″ and 215 lbs — is “too strong and too angry — and refused to back out … instead, he throws several punches at his target … including a knockout blow,” TMZ reports.
The knockout punch comes after the man in the jean jacket manages to free himself from the girl. Nicholson punches him square in the face and the man collapses.
“One witness tells us the other man in the red sweatshirt was trying to break up the fight — but Montae was in such a rage, he slammed that guy to the ground and continued the beating,” TMZ reports. Some reports indicate that the tension between Nicholson and the man in the jean jacket began with a “road rage” incident, but one witness told TMZ that the blow-up began prior to that incident.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s department responded to the melee and eventually arrested Nicholson and the female who was engaged in the fight. Nicholson was reportedly booked for assault and battery and being drunk in public and released on $2,500 bond.
The New York Post reports that the woman who was arrested with Nicholson is “believed to be his girlfriend,” and “is accused of assaulting another woman with a bottle, though it was not seen in the video.”
The fallout from the league began even before TMZ posted the video. “We are aware of the arrest of Montae Nicholson,” said Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie said in a statement. “We are gathering more information and will not comment until we have further details.”
On Wednesday morning, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden announced that Nicholson won’t play this weekend, and a few hours later, the team announced Nicholson has been placed on its Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.
Video below via TMZ (warning: violence):