Agent: Bears player didn’t start bar fight

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 9:00 p.m. CDT

DALLAS – The agent for Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton says his client didn’t start an altercation at a Dallas-area bar that led to the NFL player’s arrest.

Agent Jordan Woy released a statement Tuesday that said several independent witnesses said Melton did not physically start the incident early Sunday in Grapevine.

Police said Melton became belligerent, refused to leave and punched the manager of the sports bar in the face and bit his arm. The nearly 300-pound Melton, who is from Grapevine, was charged with assault and public intoxication. He was freed on bond.

Woy said he plans to defend Melton.

Melton has been sidelined since September after suffering a knee injury against Pittsburgh.

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