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4 NFL Players Arrested After London Bar Dispute

There was a 'misunderstanding' over an $84K tab
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2018 2:30 AM CDT
"We handled it as a private matter within the team. and we'll just go from there," Barry Church says.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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(Newser) – Four Jacksonville Jaguars were arrested in London early Saturday after what one player calls a "misunderstanding" over a massive bar tab. The players were detained after allegedly failing to settle a tab worth a whopping $84,000, the BBC reports. After reports of a fight around 4am, "officers attended and spoke with a group of males who had allegedly been attempting to leave the venue without paying a large bill," London police said in a statement. "Four men aged in their twenties were subsequently arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation and taken to a central London police station for questioning. They were all subsequently released with no further action."

The team went on to lose 24-18 to the Philadelphia Eagles the next day. Sources tell ESPN that three active players in Sunday's game—Barry Church, Ronnie Harrison, and Jarrod Wilson—were among those detained. The fourth was DJ Hayden, who was out with a toe injury, the sources say. Church tells CBS that there was "definitely a misunderstanding," but he will take full responsibility for his actions. "I don't want to get into any details about that, but we were just hanging out as a team," he says. "That's it." He declined to say how long he was detained. The team says the matter is being resolved, and "discipline will be handled internally." (Read more Jacksonville Jaguars stories.)

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