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.