January 27th, 2010
The incident at a Phoenix Suns game that resulted in the arrest of Tigers catcher Gerald Laird revolved around the wife of NBA player Eddie House, the Arizona Republic reported Tuesday, citing a police report.
Gerald Laird was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor assault. Laird told MLB.com earlier this month that the incident was a misunderstanding that was blown out of proportion, and while he has declined to go into further detail while the case is still pending, he reiterated that to reporters Saturday at TigerFest.
His brother, Yankees prospect Brandon Laird, was booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct. Their uncle, Gregory Collins, was arrested on suspicion of assault. The police report lists Charlsie House as an investigative lead, according to the Republic.
More from the newspaper report:
Authorities said House quickly left the arena’s Verve Energy
Lounge after accusing the Lairds’ 70-year-old grandfather, who was never cited,
of touching her inappropriately.
House said she “did not want any prosecution” and was “reluctant
to give any of her information” to officers, according to the report. A
bartender told police House claimed she was being harassed prior to the fight.
Officers who responded to the fight said Brandon Laird, 22,
shouted derogatory remarks toward House and other women at the lounge before
taking a swing at one of the women. The Yankees’ prospect was booked on
suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
The paper cites the police report quoting Laird as telling officers he was just trying to “watch the game and have some fun,” and that the incident involved “some lady inside that was bragging about her husband playing for the Celtics.”