Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn denies any involvement in the New Years Eve altercation in Columbus, Ohio I posted about earlier this morning, in which a man claimed Quinn had used an anti-gay slur toward him:
“In a statement released Wednesday through the Browns, Quinn said he had dinner on New Year’s Eve with his girlfriend and other couples but that nothing else happened. ‘At no time that night was I involved in a verbal or physical altercation, nor did I have any interaction with the police,’ Quinn said in the statement. ‘I want to be clear that I did not engage in any of the alleged conduct, nor did I make inappropriate comments to anyone. Any allegations to the contrary are either untrue or the result of misidentification.’ However, Columbus police said when they arrived Quinn was arguing with 32-year-old Jason Thompson. Quinn’s friends encouraged him to step back from the situation and he did, police spokeswoman Amanda Ford said. She added that police did not hear any comments made at the scene and couldn’t confirm Harris’ statements on the 911 call. ‘We don’t know what that argument was about,’ Ford said.”
Police reported two separate fights at the scene that evening, one of which resulted in injuries to a man and was labeled an “anti-male homosexual” hate crime, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The Browns organization stood behind the rookie player. They said: “We are aware of the alleged comments made by Brady Quinn, which the Browns take seriously. After speaking with Brady and his representatives we find these reported accusations without merit.”
Brady Quinn in Alleged Anti-Gay New Years Eve Incident [tr]