Prosecutors drop Panthers LB’s assault charge
Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor assault charge against
Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason because of a lack of
Mecklenburg Assistant District Attorney Bruce Lillie said Friday
that no witnesses in a Charlotte strip club last month saw Beason
throw a punch.
Beason was arrested after 29-year-old Gregory Frye told a judge
the linebacker hit him in the face at a Charlotte strip club on
Nov. 16. Frye sued Beason for more than $10,000 in damages a day
Lillie says the only evidence against Beason was Frye’s
The Panthers let Beason continue to play, and the team says it’s
pleased the charge was dropped.
Beason’s attorney George Laughrun says the linebacker is glad
prosecutors restored his good name.