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Video shows former NFL star smash bottle, throw punches at man in an LA nightclub


Brandon Champion


Former NFL linebacker and NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest Jr. has been arrested in connection with an assault at a California nightclub.

According to the Associated Press, the incident occurred at a popular West Hollywood club on Dec. 9.

“We are aware of the incident and the video, which is disturbing. Willie McGinest will not appear on NFL Network while we review the matter,” a spokesman for NFL Network told Pro Football Talk via email.

McGinest was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon after coming to the West Hollywood sheriff’s station to give a statement about the incident, according to the Associated Press.

He posted bond and was released.

Drafted out of USC by the New England Patriots with the fourth overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft, McGinest spent 15 years in the NFL, winning three Super Bowls and making two Pro Bowls with the Patriots.

He finished his career with the Cleveland Browns before retiring after the 2008 season. McGinest joined NFL Network shortly after.

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