Henry Melton, a Chicago Bears defensive tackle, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and public intoxication early Sunday. Melton was at a sports bar in Grapevine, Texas.
According to Sgt. Robert Eberling of the Grapevine Police Department, Henry Melton, “became belligerent with some of the staff members of the restaurant.”
“He was asked to leave. When he was in the process of being escorted from the restaurant, he struck one of the staff members. He was restrained at that point.”
Melton was arrested at 1:45 a.m. He posted $1,000 bond for the Class A misdemeanor assault charge and a $210 bond for the public intoxication charge, Eberling said.
“We are aware of the reports regarding Henry Melton. We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest,” a statement from the Bears said.
Melton faces a court appearance for each charge. The public intoxication charge is a Class C misdemeanor, the equivalent of getting a ticket, Eberling said. The assault charge is a state offense that will require Melton to appear in municipal court.
Melton, 27, suffered a season-ending left knee injury in Week 3. He played this season on a one-year contract under the franchise tag. The Bears must decide this offseason whether to re-sign him.
Melton played college football for the University of Texas, where he was a running back for the 2005 National Championship team, and also played on special teams.
The Chicago Bears selected him in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.