Davis to tell his side of punch story Oriole files charges against bouncer

July 30, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

Orioles first baseman Glenn Davis is expected to give his account today at Camden Yards of what happened June 6, the night his jaw was broken in two places when he was punched in the face, allegedly by a bouncer, at a Virginia Beach, Va., nightclub.

Davis testified yesterday before a Virginia Beach magistrate, who issued a criminal summons for the bouncer accused of punching Davis, Samuel C. Hampton, charging him with assault and battery. Davis and two Rochester Red Wings teammates were outside Club Rogues, a popular local club, when the incident occurred.

In a statement issued through the Orioles, Davis said he was filing charges against Hampton, a professional boxer with a record of 2-1 and two draws, "not just because of the injury he inflicted on me, but because I don't want this to happen to someone else.

"I really believe that in this day and age, there is too much violence and hatred in our communities," Davis said, "and that all of us must live in a society of law and order."

No trial date was set in the case because Hampton, of Virginia Beach, was out of town and was not served with the summons.

If convicted of the charge, Hampton could face imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000.

Davis, who had accepted a minor-league assignment with the Red Wings a week before the incident and was scheduled to play the Norfolk Tides the next night, did not directly recount yesterday the events of the evening.

Davis said he had read newspaper comments from nightclub officials and attorneys, who said Davis and teammates Randy Ready and Mark Parent had instigated the incident by rowdy behavior inside the club and by harassing female patrons outside the establishment before they were asked to move away from the club.

Peter G. Decker Jr., an attorney for Club Rogues, said last month that club officials called for a cab for the three men and that the bouncers used necessary, but not unreasonable force when the men would not comply with their request to leave the club.

"What they have said deeply troubles me because it is not the truth, and we will present the truth at the trial of this matter," Davis said in the statement.

"But, the point is even if the bouncers at Rogues really believed that I or my teammates was doing something wrong that night, then they should have called the police and let them handle it, rather than resort to their own fists to settle the matter."

A Virginia Beach police spokesman said last month that two fight calls were received from the club on that night, but would not confirm the nature of the calls because no report was filed and no one was arrested.

David Zobel, a Virginia Beach-based attorney retained by Davis to represent him, said in a statement that Davis has waited until now to press charges, because he wanted to interview witnesses and investigate the matter.

Decker did not return phone calls from The Sun yesterday. He told the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot that he also has interviewed witnesses and that Davis' account of the matter "won't be the story you hear in court."

Davis, who was hospitalized for five days and whose jaw was wired shut for four weeks, began working out lightly at Camden Yards two weeks ago.

There is no timetable for Davis' return, though he said he expects to play again this season. Still, the first baseman, who was batting .177 at the time of his minor-league assignment, said the injury has "prevented me from playing the game I love, and it now poses a threat to the remainder of my career."

Zobel would not comment on the possibility of a civil suit by Davis against Club Rogues or Hampton, who fought at the club professionally and lost four days after the incident involving Davis.

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