Barnett taken into custody following physical altercation

Updated: June 18, 2007, 9:02 AM ET
Associated Press

APPLETON, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Barnett was arrested early Sunday after a disturbance at a nightclub.

Nick Barnett
Jeff Hanisch/US PresswireNick Barnett signed a six-year, $34.85 million contract in April.

Police said in a statement that Barnett was taken into custody for battery after allegedly being involved in a physical altercation about 2 a.m. at the Wet. He was taken to Outagamie County Jail in Appleton and released within an hour after posting a $500 cash bond.

Barnett appeared for the Brett Favre Celebrity Softball Game later Sunday, participating in a preliminary game involving Packers players and sponsors. But he left the field before the regular game -- attended by a record crowd of 8,597 -- and didn't return.

He was unavailable for comment.

In a statement issued after the game, the team said, "We are aware of the incident in Appleton involving Nick Barnett. The Packers organization is going to defer further comment until we have had a chance to speak with Nick and gather more facts."

Barnett is in his fifth year with the Packers, who selected him in the first round of the 2003 draft. He's been the starting middle linebacker since his rookie season.

The Packers gave Barnett with a six-year, $34.85 million contract extension in April.

His arrest comes in the midst of the Packers' organized team activities. The voluntary workouts, which started May 30, resume Monday and end Tuesday.

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