Dec 9, 2009, 1:30 PM EDT
Well if you’re going to be involved in an all-out, chair-throwing restaurant brawl, it might as well be at Denny’s. Tim Thomas of the Dallas Mavericks never got to his wheat toast and fresh sausage links early this morning, because he was too busy applying the Belgian Waffle Slam to some dude’s face at the Denny’s on the 4400 block of North Central Expressway in Dallas. No arrests have been made — yet — in connection with the incident, which occurred at about 3 a.m. “Then he struck me with the sliced grill honey ham … it was a living hell (weeping) …”
Oh, and a Dallas radio sports anchor was a witness, apparently. This should get interesting. Blow-by-blow account, via police report, following the jump.
Police records give the following account of what happened:
Thomas, another man and three women entered the Denny’s. Damien Pettie, 29, recognized Thomas and told police that he stated, “What’s up?” Thomas told him not to talk to him, using curse words and racial and anti-gay epithets. Pettie responded with profanity.
The man with Thomas then struck Pettie twice in the face, splitting his lip. “Then all parties within both groups began to throw chairs, knock over tables, and fight each other” until the store manager told them he was going call police.
A suspect, identified as Thomas, threw a chair that struck Moya Kissick in her left side.
Thomas and his group then left the restaurant before police arrived.
In a later interview with the Morning News, Pettie said that it wasn’t Thomas who threw the chair. But Thomas did use a homophobic slur.
He said that when he and his friends passed by Thomas’ table and he addressed the player by saying, “What’s up?” Thomas responded that that he didn’t talk to “faggots.” The police report also quoted Pettie as saying Thomas used that term.
Pettie told The News he later passed Thomas’ table again, and that Thomas made another derogatory remark about gays. “I asked one of the guys, ‘What the hell did you say?’ ” Pettie said. “As Tim continued to instigate the situation, one of the guys hit me in my mouth. Another one of his friends hit me. They pushed me down onto a table.”
Not interviewed: The three waitresses on that shift who all have had affairs with Tiger Woods.
One of the witnesses to the encounter was Roger Emrich, sports anchor for KRLD (1080 AM).
Emrich did not return a call for comment. Scott Braddock, a news anchor with the station, said Emrich would take part in a 2:30 p.m. broadcast interview about what took place.
“He was at the restaurant and he’s got his version of events that he will be sharing,” Braddock said.
Dallas Mavericks’ Tim Thomas suspected in early-morning melee at Dallas Denny’s [Dallas Morning News]
Dallas Mavericks’ Tim Thomas suspected in melee at Denny’s; anti-gay slur alleged [Dallas Morning News]
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