Jaguars detained in London over dispute of bar bill


Witnesses told the paper the players scuffled with bouncers outside the club.

The London police said in a statement the players tried to leave the club without paying, so there clearly was some misunderstanding here.

Four Jaguars players - safety Barry Church, cornerback D.J. Hayden, safety Ronnie Harrison and safety Jarrod Wilson - were detained in London early Saturday morning after what the team described as a dispute "over restitution of a bill".

Of course the matter is being "handled internally" by the Jaguars because that ensures that all of their players will be active for the game tomorrow.

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Church, the only one of the four players who were in the locker room after the game when reporters were permitted to enter, declined to say how long he and his teammates were detained or whether any punches were thrown at the nightclub located near Piccadilly Circus.

Sunday's game at Wembley Stadium, which will mark the NFL's third and final game in London this season, will be the Jaguars' sixth in Europe since the National Football League began hosting games there. They ran up a bill of about 50,000£ (roughly $64,000 in USA dollars) and were confronted by security after attempting to leave the without paying the bill.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles are in London getting ready to play the league's third worldwide game of the season. Instead, they were hit with a massive bill, more than $30,000 in (U.S.) dollars. When the bill arrived, the players refused to pay it, believing that it was not what they owed. An argument ensued and local police made several arrests. "Four men aged in their 20s were subsequently arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation and taken to a central London police station for questioning. Obviously, before we start going on the field to perform better, we've got to take a good look at what we're doing all the other times - when we're in the building, out of the building and all those things", Marrone said.