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Citing injuries, Jerramy Stevens' attorney defends client as victim



Attorney Mark O'Brien, who is representing Jerramy Stevens after the former Bucs tight end's arrest on Thursday night, sent us a statement that vigorously defends Stevens against the felony battery he is accused of but also accuses police of arresting the wrong individual.

Out of fairness, we'll run it here in its entirety to allow O'Brien to tell his side of the story.

"Early last night Mr. Stevens was the victim of a physical assault by multiple
people while dining at the Hula Bay Club in South Tampa. After being released
from police custody, Mr. Stevens went directly to a local hospital where he
received treatment for multiple broken ribs and extensive bruising to his body
and face. Initial medical reports reflect his wounds are defensive in nature.
"Last night, our law firm investigators began a full examination into the details
surrounding the physical assault on Mr. Stevens. As a result, we are now in
possession of corroborating evidence that supports our contention however we are
gathering additional evidence to further buttress the fact that Mr. Stevens was
not the aggressor but the victim. Once our investigation is complete, we will
provide the results to authorities. We are confident that when the dust settles
everyone will realize that not only is Mr. Stevens innocent but more importantly
the wrong person was arrested."

The full report on Stevens' and Shelton Quarles' arrest, including officers' version of the events, can be found here.

[Last modified: Friday, March 4, 2011 8:44pm]


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