Attorneys: Caleb Brantley wasn't the aggressor. He is the victim
Caleb Brantley's attorneys have issued a statement regarding a battery accusation from a complaint that he punched a woman in the face in a fight earlier this month.
The statement from the Gainesville firm Johnson & Osteryoung said Brantley was home until 1:30 a.m. on April 13 before he drove to a restaurant to give a friend a ride. While waiting, he began talking with "a young lady with whom Mr. Brantley had had a prior relationship." She asked about having "an appointment" with him, but he declined.
The statement, signed by Amy Osteryoung, said some women accosted Brantley and said "incredibly foul" things. One of them then "stepped forward and punched him in the mouth with no warning."
"Mr. Brantley, in reaction to that sudden occurrence, put out his right arm in an attempt to push away his attacker. His hand made contact with her face due to his reflex reaction."
He was then pulled away from the scene, and police arrived quickly. Women were still screaming at him and "attempting to physically attack him," the statement said.
One of the policemen said they would let Brantley go not "because of who he was or any team that he might have been on, but because of the truth they had established from talking to witnesses that were present."
The statement references a video of the complainant and her friends leaving, and that one woman apologized to Brantley's friends. It also said that Brantley was not drinking, but there is "considerable evidence that she and her friends were drinking."
"Mr. Brantley was not the aggressor," it concludes. "Mr. Brantley is the victim."