College players getting into a skirmish at a bar is nothing new. Getting into one at a piano bar, however is a bit different.
Arkansas star Darren McFadden was involved in a "pretty rowdy scene" at a Little Rock bar early Thursday, handcuffed by police, then released without charges, a police spokesman said.
McFadden, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, and at least four others were at the Ernie Biggs piano bar in downtown Little Rock when a disturbance broke out shortly after midnight, police Lt. Terry Hastings said. A bouncer was hit in the face as he was trying to get the group to leave, Hastings said. A police report did not specify who hit the bouncer.
"There was a whole bunch of people there," Hastings said. "They were inside and it spilled out into the street."
Outside, McFadden was handcuffed by a police officer "because he was agitated and was provoking aggressive behavior inciting the incident," according to the police report.
"We handcuffed him for a few minutes because he was rowdy," Hastings said.
McFadden, who was the only person handcuffed, was released after he calmed down. Hastings said it was routine procedure to handcuff a person to gain control of a situation.
Apparently, McFadden was just trying to protect his brother when the ruckus started. Though, some involved claim to have seen McFadden hit the bouncer.
A bar employee, Kevin Anderson, told police he saw numerous people, including McFadden, hit Hankins.
It probably doesn't matter much now because I have a feeling that McFadden is headed off to the NFL. However, if this thing somehow drags on, then he could be looking at using his newfound NFL riches to do more than buy a car or a house.