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Attorney: LeGarrette Blount victim of a "money grab"



LeGarrette Blount's attorney said the Tampa man who accuses the Buccaneers running back of directing an assault on him is actually attempting "a money grab."

Ryan Morgan, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based agent who represents Blount, says that an attorney retained by victim Gary Holmer recently contacted the Bucs, asking for compensation of $95,000 for his injuries sustained in an incident Sept. 11 at Blount's apartment complex in Tampa. Morgan denied that Blount participated in any actions that led to Holmer's injuries. Holmer said Blount encouraged his friends in the assault, though he told police Blount did not physically participate.

"I spoke to LeGarrette and we rejected it outright because he didn’t do anything wrong," Morgan said. "We’re not going to pay someone who is just making a money grab. If there’s a claim he needs to address – and I’m not saying that there is – I suggest he do so with the other guys involved."

As for the events of that evening, Morgan claims Blount was sitting in the Ford Expedition mentioned in a police report when Holmer's vehicle made contact while passing by. Morgan said Blount never left the vehicle, saying he was instead concerned for the well-being of his autistic 7-year old niece, who also was in the vehicle.

Holmer, according to Morgan, continued crashing into cars and disputes allegations that the Expedition gave chase or cut off Holmer's vehicle. Morgan did not dispute that there was a subsequent altercation, but suggested it came about as a result of Holmer's actions.

"He drives in and he starts crashing into cars," Morgan said. "He was endangering the lives of others."

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 5:22pm]


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