As first reported by Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago, the Bears defensive tackle was arrested in Grapevine, Texas on Saturday night after an alleged altercation at a bar. CBS Chicago reports that Melton "became combative" after being asked to leave Chill Sports Bar and allegedly struck a staff member. Melton was charged with assault and public intoxication by police. He attended high school in Grapevine.
Melton's agent Jordan Woy defended his client on Sunday afternoon, while the Bears acknowledged the incident in a press release:
"It's still preliminary, and we're looking into everything," Woy told ESPN.com. "But Henry said he didn't do anything. He said he didn't throw a punch at anybody and that he got jumped by a couple of bouncers on the way out."
The Bears issued a statement Sunday afternoon, saying they are "aware of the reports" regarding Melton's arrest.
Melton made the Pro Bowl for the Bears last season but has been on IR since tearing his ACL on Sept. 22. After signing a franchise tag deal worth $8.45 million for 2013, Melton is slated to become a free agent after this season.
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