Jury Sides With Beason
Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason has won a civil trial brought by a man who claims the three-time Pro Bowl pick punched him in the face at a Charlotte strip club. After five hours of deliberations over two days, the jury of eight women and four men determined today that Beason did not strike Gregory Frye. The jury also ruled that Frye slandered Beasob and awarded Beason $1 in damages, the amount Beason was seeking. Beason testified he confronted Frye at the Uptown Cabaret in November 2009 for telling other patrons he once saw Beason snorting cocaine at a party. Beason, who said he's never used illegal drugs or failed a NFL drug test, said he tried to take a swing at Frye, but was held back by friends and didn't hit him. Frye testified an "enraged" Beason broke his nasal cavity.