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Tennessee Titans wide receiver arrested for assault


  • Tennessee Titans' Justin Hunter, left, was tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Brandon Boykin during a Nov. 2014 game in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. » Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter has been arrested and is being held without bond for an assault that allegedly took place at a bar during the Fourth of July weekend.

Hunter, 24, was booked into his hometown jail at the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon for a charge listed as malicious intent, stabbing, cutting, wounding. Neither a sheriff’s office spokesman nor the Virginia Beach Police Department immediately returned messages left by The Associated Press.

Officer James Cason told The Virginian-Pilot that Hunter is charged with felonious assault. Cason said police broke up a large brawl July 3 at the Sandbar Raw Bar, which is in an oceanfront tourist area, with one person taken to a hospital for treatment. He declined to give further details.

Tennessee traded up six spots to draft the 6-foot-4, 207-pound Hunter out of the University of Tennessee in 2013 with the 34th pick overall. 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 TDs.

"We are aware of the situation and are continuing to gather more facts," the Titans said in a statement.

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