CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason won't face disciplinary action from the team until after his assault case is settled in court.
Beason practiced on Wednesday, but did not address reporters. He was arrested on Monday and charged with punching a man in the face at a Charlotte strip club the night of Nov. 15.
A day later, Gregory Frye filed a civil suit seeking damages in excess of $10,000. In the court papers, Frye said he told Panthers tight end Dante Rosario at the club that he thought he saw Beason snorting cocaine at a party last summer. Frye claims when Beason heard about it, he sucker-punched him, breaking his nasal cavity.
Beason's lawyer calls the story "fantasy land." Coach John Fox says the team will "let the process take its course."