Tynes accused of breaking bar bouncer's nose

Updated: August 17, 2005, 10:37 PM ET
Associated Press

ELLSWORTH, Wis. -- Kansas City Chiefs kicker Lawrence Tynes was charged Wednesday with breaking a bouncer's nose in a bar fight, a felony with a maximum penalty of 3½ years in prison.

Tynes, the NFL's first Scottish-born player, turned himself in Wednesday morning and made his first appearance in Pierce County Circuit Court on one felony count of substantial battery and one count of misdemeanor battery. He was released on a $15,000 signature bond.

"We know our players so well, especially the kids that have been around," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said Wednesday. "Least likely normally to have a problem is the kicker. It isn't always their fault, but automatically it's their name because nobody else knows anybody else that was involved."

He practiced with the team Wednesday. Practice broke up before word of the criminal charges got out.

The alleged fight took place early Sunday morning at a bar in River Falls, where the Chiefs have their training camp.

A police report said Tynes allegedly hit a bar patron in the face, then hit the bouncer in the nose.

Tynes was charged after police received medical reports, River Falls Police Capt. John Stapleton said. Wisconsin law provides for a felony battery charge if the victim has a bone broken.

Vermeil said his second-year kicker, who has had a lackluster training camp, has learned something from his brush with the law.

"Believe me, if the situation comes up again, the lesson he learned from there will be to turn around and walk away," Vermeil said.

Two other players, defensive tackle Junior Siavii and safety Greg Wesley, were arrested early Sunday after allegedly getting into a drunken confrontation with police in a Minneapolis hotel. Each is charged with one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, and Siavii is also charged with a misdemeanor count of fifth-degree assault.

Siavii's attorney entered a not guilty plea for him on Wednesday and requested a jury trial. Wesley's court date is set for Friday.

Tynes won the kicking job from veteran Morten Andersen last season but has struggled in training camp this year.

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