Hours after a big win over the Denver Broncos on November 22, 2009, then-Charger Antonio Cromartie and at least four other teammates descended on Bar West to party.
Also at the bar that night was Kam Saran, who was celebrating his 24th birthday with a small group.
Late that night, Saran told 10News several players began spraying champagne at him when suddenly a stranger told him he was bleeding.
Saran’s friends told him he was shaking, and he passed out several times before he reached the hospital, where he received eight staples for a head injury.
When a witness pointed a finger at Cromartie, San Diego police began an investigation for assault with a deadly weapon — a champagne bottle.
No charges were filed in the case, as police said there was no evidence anything was thrown that night. Additionally, police said there were inconsistent statements from witnesses.
From police reports obtained by 10News, it doesn’t appear Chargers players admitted to seeing much of anything.
Saran filed a lawsuit against Cromartie, now a member of the New York Jets.
However, just as Cromartie was about to settle for a modest amount, sources told 10News Cromartie’s camp came forward and said Cromartie believes he knows who threw the bottle.
In just the past week, Cromartie signed a brief declaration, under penalty of perjury, stating: “I am of the belief that Shaun Phillips … threw the object. I, however, do not have further knowledge as to additional specific details of the incident including when or why Mr. Saran was struck with the object … I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.”
SMH at Cromartie…but fuck Shaun Phillips. SP is a beast on the field but an asshole everywhere else. He beat the shit out of a friends’ sister he was dating, but skated on charges.