MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors in Miami have dropped battery and disorderly conduct charges against St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar in a fight outside a South Beach nightclub.
Dunbar attorney Howard Srebnick said Thursday that prosecutors told a judge that the case will not be pursued.
Dunbar and NBA free agent Donte Green were both charged following a July 20 altercation outside the Dream nightclub. The charges are still pending against Green. Dunbar had claimed he was only defending himself but has not commented on the circumstances.
“Definitely excited to have that news,” Dunbar said after practice. “I’m happy that it’s over.”
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he’d been confident Dunbar would be cleared, but added that the veteran player needed to act more responsibly.
“I did allude early on that it didn’t appear to be what it was portrayed to be, because we had good information,” Fisher said. “Still, players have to be mindful of not putting themselves in those potential situations.
“Even though the charges were dropped, I’d like to see him make better decisions and not be in those types of situations at that time of the year.”
“I’m still just going to let it die, move on,” he said. “I’m just fortunate that it’s going away and it’s in my favor, I guess.”
The 29-year-old Dunbar was signed in 2008 as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College by the New Orleans Saints and has played for the Rams since 2012. The NFL suspended Dunbar four games in 2013 for violating its substance abuse policy.
AP Sports Writer R.B. Fallstrom contributed to this report.
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