Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes is facing a civil lawsuit for assault and battery, according to NBC Sports.com.
The civil complaint contends that Holmes confronted plaintiff Anshonoe Mills after she refused to leave the arm of a couch in the VIP area of the Rain nightclub. Holmes allegedly “put his hand” in Mills’ face while attempting to remove her from the couch. Holmes then allegedly “threw his entire glass cup of liquor” at Mills’ face, allegedly causing a laceration below her eyebrow and “blinding her temporarily.”
She claims that, outside the club, she asked a police office to “reprimand” Holmes for his conduct. The complaint then alleges that “he” (it’s unclear whether the pronoun refers to the officer or Holmes) “proceeded to inform the plaintiff that he was an NFL football player and that he could not face criminal charges.” Mills also alleges that Holmes then “offered to give [her] money because he was a [sic] NFL star and could not get into trouble.”
Mills claims that she “felt pressure from [Holmes] and the Orlando Police Department not to press chargers,” and that while under said pressure he made “a short victim statement incoherently stating that she was hit in the face and bleeding near her eyes, however, intended not to press charges.” She claims that the Orlando Police Department failed to write a police report.
Holmes faces claims of assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The owner of the club at which the incident occurred also faces a claim for negligent failure to provide adequate protection. (Hopefully, the security tapes haven’t been covered up with new footage.) Mills seeks unspecified damages in excess of the jurisdictional minimum of $15,000.
The only thing missing here is a sentence about Holmes asking the officers, “Don’t you know who I am?” I always love when athletes say that, because it proves that some of them truly believe that they’re untouchable.
As always, let’s wait until more details emerge before we make accusations. That said, this is the absolute last thing the Steelers need with Ben Roethlisberger already steeped in controversy himself. Dan Rooney must be beside himself given that the Steelers are starting to resemble the new Bengals in terms of their players getting into legal trouble.
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