According to the report, officials who investigated the incident ultimately determined there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Skuta committed a crime, and the State Attorney in Florida has elected to drop the case.
Dan Skuta‘s lawyer, Mark NeJame, released a statement saying that the incident involving his client “simply didn’t happen.”
Here’s the full statement from Skuta’s agent:
“Dan Skuta was arrested for something that simply did not happen and we ask that there be no rush to judgment as Dan is innocent. Erroneous conclusions should not be jumped to.
Eyewitnesses who we have already received statements from in our initial investigation will attest that Dan was alongside his girlfriend when this fabricated event supposedly took place and only verbally instructed two women who were harassing his friends to leave them alone.
The witnesses confirm that upon only verbally instructing the nuisances to leave them alone, Dan was then struck in the face by one of the women, as is evidenced by his mugshot which clearly shows where he was struck. They completely contradict the version of the complainant leading to Dan’s arrest. They further confirm that he and his girlfriend walked away from the incident, as to avoid further trouble from his attacker .
Dan never placed his hands on anyone. As such, according to the witnesses he was arrested outside the venue on a story entirely made up by the offending woman. He has not been charged and we are confident this will be resolved favorably to Dan and the truth will come out as to his innocence and non-involvement.
Dan has an outstanding reputation and is hurt by the unfair association to any such allegation and is confident that the full truth will soon be determined.”
According to the report, Skuta approached a woman on the street at around 2:00 am on June 19, and began flirting with the woman. Skuta asked her for her phone number, but after she refused to give him her number, a verbal altercation ensued.
The report mentions that Skuta allegedly pushed the woman’s face with an open hand, and she hit the back of her head on a window behind her.
- Skuta was held on a $500 and bonded out of jail early Sunday, June 19.
- Ryan O’Halloran mentions that the charges stem from a bar fight.
The Jaguars have issued a statement regarding Skuta’s arrest:
“The Jaguars are aware of the situation involving linebacker Dan Skuta and are currently gathering more information. The team has been in constant communication with Dan through this process in its entirety. No further comment can be made at this time.”
Skuta, 30, is in the second year of his five-year, $20.5 million contract that included $8 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $3.6 million for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Skuta appeared in 13 games for the Jaguars and recorded 40 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defense.
We’ll have more regarding Skuta’s situation as the news is available.