Pro lacrosse players, 2 others charged in TGI Friday's brawl near Mall of America

6:34 PM, Feb 15, 2012   |    comments
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - On some occasions going out for a beer or two after a game is a bonding experience.

But Hennepin County prosecutors say that early Monday morning a few beers led to a brawl involving a professional lacrosse team from New York.  

Five players from the Rochester Knighthawks have now been charged in connection with a brawl at a TGI Friday's restaurant near the Mall of America involving more than two dozen people.

One witness told police the lacrosse players were throwing food and other items at each other. One of the Knighthawk reportedly players threw a menu and hit a nearby a Foot Locker employee who was sitting with other co-workers. Police say the Foot Locker employee who was hit confronted the lacrosse player and the fight started after that.

Upon the Bloomington police officers' arrival, three of the Knighthawk players were physical with officers. According to the criminal complaint, Travis Hill, 29, tried to physically interfere with the police officer who was arresting 25-year-old Sid Smith, one of his teammates involved in the initial fight. When another officer tried to arrest Hill, he then started fighting with that officer.

Seeing the officer arrest Hill, Smith then became upset and struggled with his arresting officer, the complaint states. The officer was able to take Smith to the ground where Smith then agreed to cooperate.

Police say while Smith was being handcuffed on the ground, another member of the Knighthawks, Cody Jamieson, 24, tried to stop the officer who was arresting Smith. After Jamieson refused to obey another police officer's order to sit down, Bloomington Police observed Jamieson about to hit one of the arresting officers. Jamieson was grabbed by police before he physically resisted arrest.

All three men were eventually arrested by Bloomington police.

Smith, Hill and Jamieson all face obstruction of two counts each of obstruction. Smith faces a third charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Four more people face one count each as a result of the incident: Tyler Burton, misdemeanor obstruction and disorderly conduct; Travis Davidson, misdemeanor fleeing officers; Jordan Hall, obstruction and disorderly conduct; Tyrissa Hart, disorderly conduct.

Burton, 23, and Hall, 27, are the other two Knighthawks players who were arrested.

Rochester Knighthawks team officials told local media outlets the players appeared in Hennepin County District Court in Edina on Tuesday afternoon before returning to New York.

"The five players appeared in court Tuesday and are home now," the Knighthawks said in a statement on their Facebook page Wednesday morning. "We are conducting our own investigation of the incident. As there is now an ongoing legal proceeding, we will not be issuing any further comment at this time."

Police in Bloomington told the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester that the players got into a fight with another group of patrons at a TGI Friday's restaurant early Monday morning following.

The Knighthawks had lost to the Minnesota Swarm Sunday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Officers say glasses and other objects were thrown during the brawl, causing about $1,600 in damage.

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