As the Jacksonville Jaguars prepare for their Week 8 game against the Philadelphia Eagles in London, some of their players reportedly got into a brawl at a London nightclub.
— Sun Sport (@SunSport) October 28, 2018
According to The Sun, four men in their 20s were arrested by the Met Police due to fraud after trying to leave while a bar tab ranging near £50,000 remained unsettled.
“Things got pretty heated and there was a lot of swearing and shouting and things became physical. In terms of preparation for their match, you couldn’t think of anything worse.”
They were reportedly released after nine hours in custody, and the nightclub is said to have dropped charges after the bill was settled.
NFL insider Benjamin Allbright dug into these allegations and was told that safety Barry Church and cornerback DJ Hayden were among the four who were involved in the nightclub brawl.
The Jaguars are aware of the arrests and released a statement about the incident.
Just got statement from @Jaguars on incident here in London @ActionNewsJax @ActionSportsJax “We are aware that 4 of our players were detained over restitution of a bill. The matter is being resolved and the players are with the team. Any discipline will be handled internally.”
— Brent Martineau (@BrentASJax) October 28, 2018
Jacksonville has been in a tailspin of late, having lost three games in a row. Following their latest loss, it was reported by multiple beat writers that there was a locker room kerfuffle as players were yelling at one another.
This alleged incident doesn’t figure to be a good step in smoothing things over, or breaking out of their slump.