The Pittsburgh Steelers continue their off season show of off the field “model of excellence”. Super Bowl here and camera phone gaffer Santonio Holmes has been sued for assault and battery. The claim was filed on March 24, 2010 for an incident that occurred two weeks prior.
Specifically, the incident occurred on March 7 — only two days after Roethlisberger’s latest misadventures. And this possibly proves once again that players learn nothing from the misadventures of their colleagues.
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.
You can view the filed copy of the suite here: http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/03/29/Santonio.pdf
I will pass no judgement on Holmes until further evidence indicates his foul. However, this is very surprising as the Steelers have been known, and self boast, for its clean cut, well run image.