Five members of the Rochester Knighthawks pro lacrosse team were arrested early Monday morning in Bloomington, Minn., after a brawl at a TGI Friday’s restaurant.
According to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, former Syracuse Orange stars Cody Jamieson and Sid Smith were among the brawlers, all of whom appeared in court Tuesday afternoon and then flew back to Rochester that night.
Knighthawks President Lewis Staats issued the following statement:
"According to media accounts, up to 30 people were involved in an altercation at a TGI Fridays in Bloomington, Minnesota on Monday. According to those same media accounts, up to seven people were taken into custody after the altercation. We can confirm that five of the people taken into custody were Rochester Knighthawk players. The five players appeared in court (Tuesday) and are on their way home. 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."
Forget the police investigation, you guys. The Knighthawks are on the case...
The players were in Rochester for a game against the Minnesota Swarm on Monday. Rochester lost 9-6 and may or may not have been the impetus for the fracas. I know nothing of the rabid Swarm fanbase so it's hard to tell.
Apparently "menus, glasses and silverware were thrown, causing approximately $1,600 in damage to the restaurant." MENUS? Too far, you guys.
Smith was charged with one count of gross misdemeanor, obstructing the legal process; gross misdemeanor, obstructing the legal process with force; and misdemeanor disorderly conduct while Jamieson was charged with a misdemeanor obstruction charge.
Jamieson was named a starter in the league's upcoming All-Star Game on Feb. 26.
The Knighthawks are the world's leading employer of former Syracuse lacrosse players, with four on their current roster.