Aeros' Mills charged with felony assault
AKRON, Ohio -- Police charged three minor league Cleveland Indians players, one of them the son of Houston Astros manager Brad Mills, after a fight at an Ohio nightclub earlier this month left a man with rib and lung injuries.
Akron Aeros first baseman Beau Mills, Aeros outfielder Jerad Head and Columbus Clippers pitcher Josh Tomlin were charged with felonious assault in a criminal complaint Tuesday. The charges stem from a June 3 fight at Whiskey Dick's in Akron.
The injured man, Theodore Zeman III, told police that a group of ballplayers were taunting him while he was at the bar, then assaulted him after he raised his hand in a gesture to stop them, according to a police report. Zeman, 25, of Seven Hills, spent at least two days in the hospital after sustaining a punctured lung and rib fractures in the brawl, Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards said.
Mills, 23, of Visalia, Calif., and Head, 27, of Topeka, Kan., pleaded not guilty in Akron Municipal Court on Thursday.
No attorneys for the players were listed in court records. Messages for the players were sent by The Associated Press to the teams Friday morning.
Brad Mills had no immediate reaction when asked about his son's arrest Friday before his team played in Texas, other than to say he had been in contact with him.
"There's really nothing to say," Mills said. "Over time, we'll see how things come out."
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