Cowboys’ Crawford faces charge in bar incident

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Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford was charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful assembly stemming from an incident in March at a Panama City Beach, Florida bar.

According to online records, Crawford was charged via summons on March 27 and pleaded not guilty on April 12.

The incident took place on March 15, according to a complaint affidavit. TMZ published video that shows Crawford fighting with members of the security staff at Coyote Ugly Saloon.

According to the affidavit, there was a fight between patrons and bar security that spilled out on to the street. The affidavit alleges that Crawford “charged toward” an officer that was attempting to restrain a member of his party “and pushes in between the officer and the defendant’s party,” hindering the officer “from detaining this individual.”

A pretrial conference is scheduled for June 13 in the case.

According to the league’s personal conduct policy, a player can be subject to a fine or suspension whether charged or not, if credible evidence establishes a player engaged in prohibited conduct.

Crawford, 29, started 15 games last season and finished with a career-best 5.5 sacks.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Todd Archer contributed to this report.

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