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RB McFadden in "Rowdy Scene" at Bar

By PEGGY HARRIS

Associated Press Writer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden was handcuffed by police and then released without charges after being involved in a "pretty rowdy scene" at a piano bar early Thursday.

Arkansas' All-American running back and at least four others were at the downtown bar 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.

McFadden's mother, Mini Muhammad, said her son was trying to protect his younger brother, Daryl.

"He wasn't the one that was fighting. It was his little brother someone had jumped on him," Muhammad said. "He was agitated because his brother had a bloody nose."

"Darren was not fighting please make that be known," she added.

Hastings said bar employee Brant Hankins was advised that he could pursue charges against the person who hit him. The police report classified the incident as misdemeanor battery.

In the summer of 2006 in a fight outside another Little Rock club, McFadden severely injured his toe, but recovered in time to play in the Razorbacks' season opener.

McFadden, who also finished second in the 2006 Heisman voting, holds Arkansas' career and single-season rushing records. The junior has yet to decide whether he will forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft.

McFadden was to be honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club's annual banquet Thursday night.

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Petrino is NOT my hero (1/10/2008)
i didn't want Mcfadden before this incident.. there are WAY to many great RB prospects in the draft to waste a top 5 pick on McOverRated... this incident means nothing.. hes still gonna get shown the money

And there is to many great OT in the draft so why should we waste one on Jake Long who can turn out to be the next Robert Gallery.

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SoCalFalconFan (1/10/2008)
To clarify my position, I'm not saying this incident will affect McFadden's draft position or contract. I'm more inclined to point out the increasing lack of tolerance by NFL front offices of this sort of behavior. If he does this anymore during the offseason, it could affect him.

Regardless, it will be looked at and nothing good can come of it. So he hangs out at bars? Whats the big deal? He's 21 aint he? Whoops, he's only 20. :w00t:

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Twinblade (1/10/2008)
Everybody fights, big deal, people thats going to say "don't draft him" are nobodys anyways.

Hate to break it to you, but everyone that posts here is a nobody in the grand scheme of things.

On topic, I'll wait and see what the fight was about and who started it, between this report and the one about his alleged car there seems to be some negative news spin lately around McFadden and it would be interesting to see if it's warranted or not.

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falconsstomp (1/10/2008)
the question i have is why the heck was this published on ajc.com when this man lives in arkansas??this should be all the hints and clues that the falcons will be drafting this guy..

:blink: Or it's just news released by the AP about a hot NFL prospect who was in the running for the Heisman only a few weeks ago. Put away your tin foil hat..

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Twinblade (1/10/2008)
McFadden or Matt Ryan, which one you rather have because Jake Long will be gone, Dorsey will be gone, so yeah I don't think everybody wants Matt Ryan.

Chris Long or Sedrick Ellis

I say just trade down (if possible) and get more picks in the 1st and 2nd rounds of this superbly deep draft. Why take just one guy high in the 1st when you could possibly get as many as 4-5 guys with 1st round talent?

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