Erasmus James arrested after fight at bar

From the Wisconsin State Journal:

Former University of Wisconsin and NFL football player Erasmus James was arrested early Thursday after a fight at a Downtown bar, Madison police said.

James, 27, who was a 2005 first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings, was released Thursday from the Dane County Jail after his arrest on a tentative battery charge.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said James and a friend were at Wando's, 602 University Ave., about 2:15 a.m. when James tried to order a drink. Told it was past bar time, DeSpain said, James complained to the bartender when his friend stepped in and told James to relax.

The two began to tussle, DeSpain said. The friend had James pinned to the floor, and when the friend got up, James punched him, leaving a cut below his eye.

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