Myers denies involvement in altercation
Police confirm right-hander did not injure eye while at pub
PHILADELPHIA -- Brett Myers strongly denied his involvement in any physical or verbal altercations early Saturday morning at an Irish pub in Jacksonville, Fla., where he lives.
Police confirmed that Myers did not injure his left eye at Shannon's Irish Pub, and that he had no involvement in a physical disturbance that damaged some band equipment. Sgt. Chuck Mulligan, a spokesman for the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, also said police have no knowledge that Myers was involved in any verbal confrontations with any patrons.
"I was in no way involved with pushing or shoving or yelling at anybody," Myers told MLB.com. "People are saying it was me, and it really wasn't. I'm tired of people saying things about me that aren't true."
This started when the Phillies scratched Myers from his rehab start Saturday night with Class A Clearwater because he injured his left eye. Myers originally told the Phillies he injured his eye while playing catch with his 4-year-old son, Kolt. Myers said his wife Kim urged him to tell the Phillies the truth: He said while trying to exit the back seat of his wife's Cadillac Escalade after returning from the restaurant, he tripped and smashed his face on the door's armrest.
Myers said he lied at first because he was embarrassed about how he injured himself, but acknowledged Saturday that the nature of the injury and the fact his story changed would raise suspicions.
Details emerged that Myers spent the night at the restaurant with his wife and friends, and that one of his friends got involved in a physical dispute.
Mulligan said the incident started when a person made an inappropriate comment toward Kim. He said one of Myers' friends stepped up to the person, which started some pushing and shoving.
No punches were thrown, although the skirmish damaged a piece of a band's equipment. Myers, who said he had three beers that night, said he was not near the altercation when it occurred. Kim said she found Myers in the restaurant and told him they were leaving. As they waited in their Escalade for their friends, police interviewed Myers because his friend was involved.
The police soon let Myers leave because Mulligan said no crime had been committed -- the restaurant and band worked out an agreement for the damaged equipment -- and no police report was filed.
"I'll be the first to admit it. It does sound fishy," Kim said. "Oh, there's a bar fight and Brett has a black eye now. And now it's not because he got into a fight, it's because he fell out of a car. It sounds ridiculous, but that's what happened. Nothing happened. That's the thing."
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. expressed his concern with Myers' well being and said he was OK with Myers' explanation about what happened. Amaro said Myers, who has been recovering from surgery on his right hip since June 5, threw Monday. He said he is uncertain when Myers could make his rehab appearance, although it could be as early as Wednesday.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.