Crime & Courts

Woman says Panthers player threw a drink in her face at Texas nightclub

Carolina Panthers assistant defensive line coach Sam Mills III, left, talks with defensive tackle Vernon Butler, right, during practice in 2017.
Carolina Panthers assistant defensive line coach Sam Mills III, left, talks with defensive tackle Vernon Butler, right, during practice in 2017. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers Defensive Tackle Vernon Butler is accused of throwing a drink at a woman and pushing her at a nightclub in Dallas, Texas.

The woman’s lawyer claims Butler tried to connect with his 21-year-old client several times via social media, but says she denied him. The lawyer says the pair’s paths crossed at a club called LeVu on July 14.

He says when Butler tried to approach his client again she refused and Butler allegedly threw a cup of ice at her face. The lawyer says he tried to apologize, but when she would not accept Butler pushed her and she fell. The lawyer says once she regained her balance he allegedly pushed her again.

The lawyer says security escorted the woman out of the club because Butler was hosting an event there.

Panthers PR director Steven Drummond says in a statement, “We just learned of the allegations involving defensive tackle Vernon Butler and we are in the process of gathering more information.”

The Dallas Police Department is investigating the situation. Officers there say the woman made her report at one of the department’s police stations on July 19. They are classifying this as a Class C Assault. In the state of Texas, this is punishable with a fine up to $500.

The woman’s lawyer says she is scheduled to go back to the police station Wednesday to identify Butler in a lineup.

Panthers players report to training camp Wednesday and begin practice on Thursday.

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