PHOENIX -- A Maricopa County civil jury ordered former
Phoenix Coyote Brad May to pay a sheriff's sergeant $26,570 for
punching him at a Scottsdale nightclub.
Maricopa County Sgt. Rich Burden, 40, sued May over a 2002
incident at the Cat Eye Lounge in Scottsdale. His lawyer said he
"basically got tired of the drunk professional athlete running
According to Burden attorney Daniel Treon, May and some
teammates were refused entry into the club by a bouncer and got in
a confrontation with the bouncer and a manager. Burden and another
deputy were in uniform and intervened.
That's when May punched Burden in the jaw, Treon said.
May was arrested and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and
disorderly conduct charges.
May's attorney, John O'Neal, said the hockey player acted in
self-defense when he was grabbed from the side in a dark parking
lot by Burden. He said May simply raised his arms, didn't
intentionally hit Burden and is considering an appeal.
"If Mr. May wanted to hit this man, he would've been hurt much
worse," O'Neal said.
Burden had only minor neck pain that was treated by a
chiropractor. He had asked for $150,000 in compensatory and
May played for the Coyotes from 2000 to 2003 and now plays for
the Colorado Avalanche.