Antonio Cromartie may not be a San Diego Charger anymore but that doesn’t he’s not still having an impact with the team, so to speak.
Cromartie has come forward to implicate his former teammate, linebacker Shaun Phillips, in a bar fight incident that took place back in November of 2009.
The former Charger defensive back has been battling a civil suit dating back to the incident in which he was alleged to have thrown a champagne bottle at a patron at Bar West
Ultimately no criminal chargers were filed but the alleged victim, Kam Saran, has filed a civil suit against Cromartie.
Apparently Cromartie was close to settling the case but now has come forward stating he knows who actually threw the bottle: Phillips.
According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune:
In just the past week, Cromartie signed a brief declaration, under penalty of perjury, stating: “I am of the belief that Shaun Phillips … threw the object. I, however, do not have further knowledge as to additional specific details of the incident including when or why Mr. Saran was struck with the object … I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.”
The declaration could be used in civil proceedings in a new lawsuit filed by Saran against Phillips, a star linebacker for the Chargers
This isn’t the first legal issue for Phillips, who recorded 3.5 sacks in 12 games for the Chargers in 2011. In 2010 he settled a lawsuit for allegedly hitting a security guard. He also is currently facing another lawsuit from a incident involving a 54-year-old woman in Las Vegas.
The Chargers have declined to comment on the matter, as have representatives from Cromartie’ camp.