A Queens, NY man has field a civil lawsuit against New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, alleging that the linebacker beat him outside of a nightclub over spilled champagne, according to a report in the New York Post.
The Post reported that the lawsuit was filed by Jean Lopez, who alleges he was pummeled black and blue. The Post said Lopez spilled champagne on a man, and was then twice punched in the face outside of a New York City nightclub. Lopez’s attorney, Glenn Race, said his 5-foot-7, 145 pound client suffered facial fractures that needed surgery to fix.
The Post reported Lopez filed a complaint with police, saying he was punched once in the eye and once in the jaw, but couldn’t identify his attackers. The Manhattan DA’s Office declined to comment.
Mauldin, a 6-foot-4, 259 pound linebacker, is entering his third season with the Jets. His attorney told the Post another individual struck Lopez, and lawsuit is “without merit.”