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New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin was arrested Wednesday for his alleged role in an April incident at a New York nightclub, in which a man says Mauldin attacked him, according to New York police.
Mauldin was arrested on a single charge of misdemeanor assault after he turned himself in at the 10th Precinct, New York police spokesperson Arlene Muniz told USA TODAY Sports.
According to the New York Post, Jean Lopez alleged in a lawsuit that Mauldin beat him up after Lopez spilled champagne on him at the Highline Ballroom in New York.
Lopez’s lawyer told the Post that his client suffered “multiple maxillofacial fractures” and needed “numerous plates” installed to repair the damage and said that what happened “was not a fight — it was an attack.”
Lopez told police, per the Post, he was punched one time in the eye and once in the jaw by Mauldin as he was leaving the club.
The lawyer also told the Post that “he had surgery, he still has numbness on the affected side in his mouth area and traveling up to his ear. It’s a bad injury.”
Mauldin’s attorney disputed that his client punched Lopez.
“Another individual struck the plaintiff, and that will be borne out by the witnesses and other parties involved,” Mitchell Schuster told the Post. “We have a very strong case and I look forward to pursuing it. Lorenzo’s anxious to being exonerated. He was not involved.”
A former third-round pick out of Louisville, Mauldin has played two seasons with the Jets and has 33 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks in 26 games.
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