The lawyer for Tennessee Titans receiver Justin Hunter said Monday that his client didn't sucker punch anybody outside a Virginia Beach, Virginia, bar following a massive brawl inside of it over the July Fourth weekend.
"I think our evidence will show, and I'm not going into specific details, that maybe even the group that includes the guy bringing the charges were the aggressors," said attorney Toby Vick, as quoted in The Tennessean.
Hunter has been charged with felonious assault in his hometown for punching someone multiple times, although he's been released on bond.
Prosecutors contend Hunter interrupted a conversation a man was having with someone else July 3 at the Sandbar Raw Bar in an oceanfront tourist area of the city, exchanged words and punched the man twice in the face. After the bar was cleared, a prosecutor said Hunter "sucker punched'' the man again outside. The man was treated at a local hospital for a broken jaw.
In the media interview on Monday, Vick said the sucker punch never happened.
"He didn't sucker punch anybody. We're confident we'll be able to establish that," Vick said in a telephone interview from his Richmond, Virginia, office.
Vick also said Hunter and his friends were not the aggressors in the bar fight.
"It's not consistent with Justin's past or his demeanor," he said.
Vick said several witnesses would be able to corroborate Hunter's version of events. Vick said the person who claims he was punched by Hunter is a convicted felon, although police have not publicly identified him.
"There were a number of people involved, and Justin is the only person that they identified," Vick told the Tennessean. "Here you have an NFL player -- with what they believe to have deep pockets -- identified when lots of things were going on in there. I think it's going to emerge that [Hunter and his friends] weren't even the aggressors."
Hunter turned himself in July 20 and was released on bail after a hearing July 21 at which Vick told Hunter's relatives and former high school football coach to not talk to reporters. Hunter is due back in court Sept. 3, hours before Tennessee's preseason finale against Minnesota.
Hunter played in 14 games as a rookie, catching 18 passes for 354 yards and four touchdowns. He played 12 games before a season-ending injury in 2014 and finished with 28 receptions for 498 yards and three touchdowns.
Hunter said he has not heard yet from the NFL about possible punishment.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.