5 pro lacrosse players charged after brawl at Bloomington T.G.I. Friday’s

Nickalas Tabbert

Five members from a New York professional lacrosse team were arrested after a fight at T.G.I. Friday's in Bloomington, authorities said Wednesday.

The outburst occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Monday and involved 20 to 30 people before "spilling to the outside" of the restaurant, Deputy Chief of Police Rick Hart told the Star Tribune.

"It started with someone tossing a menu," Hart said.  "One of the groups didn't like it."

Bottles, glasses, food and silverware were flying through the air, Hart said.  In all, the restaurant reported about $1,600 in damage.

Rochester Knighthawks team officials said the five players appeared in Hennepin County District Court in Edina Tuesday afternoon before returning home, a Pioneer Press article said.  The charges include disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process.  The charges are either gross misdemeanors or misdemeanors, the Tribune said.

Two other T.G.I. Friday's patrons were also arrested.  Tyrissa Hart, 19, of Minneapolis, was charged with disorderly conduct and Travis Davidson, 27, of Maplewood, was charged with fleeing police on foot.

Neither publication reported why the fight started.

Hart said "it's pretty likely" that drinking played a role in the behavior though no charges were filed in connection to alcohol consumption.

Knighthawks team president Lewis Staats said his team's executives and the National Lacrosse League are investigating what happened.  Staats said the five players have not presented any behavioral issues previously.