A racist environment at a bar led to a Houston Dynamo player being arrested, his attorney said.
Officers arrested backup goalie John Tyler Deric and draft pick Warren Creavalle over the weekend at the Roosevelt Lounge on Washington Avenue.
Deric has been charged with assault on a police officer. Creavalle has been charged with misdemeanor interference.
But Deric's attorney said those charges came after the pair stood up against racism.
"(Deric) was going to go in. He got his friends, who were black, and they were denied entry," attorney Allen Tanner said.
Tanner said Deric, Creavalle and several teammates were trying to get into the bar on Saturday night. Tanner claimed his client and the group were turned down because members of their party are African-American, and that's when the fight broke out.
"Tyler is not guilty of anything," Tanner said. "They hit him with the baton. They Tasered him."
According to Houston police, Deric punched an off-duty Houston Police Department officer who was working an extra security job at the club. HPD refused to comment about the officer or his condition, but sources told Local 2 the officer is Ramon Perez.
"Officer Perez needs to apologize. He needs to man up. He needs to be honest about what he did," said Paul Doyle, Creavalle's attorney.
Doyle said his client caught the entire incident on his cellphone.
"There is a subculture of racism there," Doyle said.
Two complaints of racism have been filed with the Better Business Bureau against the club.
"Officer Perez is going to have to answer some questions. I want him on the stand. I want him to perjure himself. We have video of this. I understand he got himself a criminal lawyer. e needs one," Doyle said.
The Houston Dynamo released a statement about the incident saying the organization is looking into the matter and is taking the issues "extremely seriously."