Panthers DT Vernon Butler Issued “Class C” Citation After Alleged Assault In Dallas, TX
CHARLOTTE, NC — The Dallas Police Department confirms Panthers defensive tackle Vernon Butler has been issued a “Class C” citation in connection to an alleged assault in July. Butler has 21 days to respond to the citation or set a court date.
The incident allegedly happened around 2am on July 14th at a club on Pacific Avenue in Dallas, Texas. Reports say the 21-year-old victim got into a verbal altercation with Butler, and he proceeded to push her and throw a drink in her face.
The victim’s attorney says the incident happened after his client declined advances made by Butler when he saw her at the club that night. Butler had also reportedly been turned down numerous times prior after making repeated advances on social media.
According to the report, the victim was not injured during the altercation.
Dallas Police say a “Class C” assault is the lowest level of the crime and is generally described as “offensive contact.” Officials say Butler faces a $431 fine for the citation.
The investigation came as a surprise to the Carolina Panthers when the report surfaced on July 24th. The team’s PR Director, Steven Drummond released a statement that day saying they had just learned about the allegations involving Butler and were trying to gather more information.
WCCB has reached out to the Panthers for a comment and are waiting to hear back.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.