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Titans running back Antonio Andrews leveled Browns safety Jordan Poyer on a punt return, lacerating his kidney, then posted video of the play on social media.
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A former Titans running back police accused of punching a man in Nashville who used a racial slur pleaded guilty to an assault charge Thursday, quickly resolving the case against him without going to trial.

Standing with his hands in his pockets at the center of a Nashville courtroom, 24-year-old Antonio T. Andrews on Thursday pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and was sentenced to six months on probation.

If he completes the probation, he can have the charge expunged, or erased, from his record. If he violates the probation, he will have to serve jail time.

Andrews was charged in March after police said he twice punched a man who used a racial slur in a comment to an employee of Little Chicago Pizza on Demonbreun Hill. The 3 a.m. altercation left the man, David McDill, with a broken jaw, according to a police report.

The plea deal came after hours of negotiation between Andrews’ lawyers, Roger May and Rob McKinney, and Assistant District Attorney Katie Ladefoged. 

McDill was in court and declined to comment. Ladefoged said “he is in agreement with the conditions” of the deal.

Among those, Andrews must pay more than $10,000 to McDill to cover his medical expenses.

After the brief hearing, McKinney said his client could have argued he was acting in self-defense because McDill first made a racially charged comment.

“What are fighting words?” McKinney said. “If you’re African American and somebody uses the n-word to you, what does that mean to you? … When is bullying ever OK? It might have been justified under self-defense, but that kind of behavior should not be condoned.”

He clarified saying both Andrews’ and McDill’s behavior should not be condoned. 

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