VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach native and wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans Justin Scott Hunter was arrested Monday in relation to a bar fight over the Fourth of July weekend, police say.
Police spokesman Officer James Cason says it was late July 3 when officers were called to a large fight at Sandbar Surf Bar on Atlantic Avenue. Officers say they were able to break up the fight.
The victim was later admitted to a local hospital for treatment of serious, but not life threatening injuries.
A Sandbar manager would not comment on the incident to news media.
An employee who works at nearby Beachwear says he heard the commotion of the fight that Friday night. “So, I just stepped out and actually saw what was actually going on,” Quentun Hubbard says. “It was a normal fight, from what I saw.”
Hubbard says he did not know Hunter was involved in the fight. He believed Hunter should have walked away, but did add,”Celebrities are celebrities, but they’re also human.”
Officer Cason says the Virginia Beach Police Department’s homicide unit was assigned to investigate the case, due to “the nature of the assault.”
At some point, investigators identified 24-year-old Hunter as a suspect. Cason says Hunter turned himself in to police Monday. He was charged with felonious assault and remains in custody at the Virginia Beach City Jail without bond.
Hunter grew up in Virginia Beach and played football for Ocean Lakes High School. He then went on to the University of Tennessee and was drafted by the Titans in 2013.
On Monday, the Tennessee Titans released a one-sentence statement about the incident: “We are aware of the situation and are continuing to gather more facts.”
Hunter will make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.
Cason says officers also made one drunk-in-public arrest at Sandbar that night, but it was not related to the assault.