Chargers Thomas Keiser arrested Sunday for alleged assault & battery

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego,CA- Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that San Diego Chargers Linebacker Thomas Keiser was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of assault and battery. Keiser was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge that occurred at at Barley Mash on Fifth Avenue near Market Street in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that

Keiser and another man had an altercation that turned into a fight, and police were called, Officer Jim Johnson said.

The other man had minor injuries and refused treatment from medics, Johnson said. He had no other details about the incident, which is still under investigation.

According to the Union-Tribune Keiser’s posted bail at $8,000 last night.

The Chargers released a statement regarding the incident, stating

“We’re aware of the issue involving Thomas,” the Chargers said Monday night in a statement. “We’ll continue to monitor the situation and let the legal process run its course.”

Kiser’s arrest followed the Chargers’ come form behind overtime victory over Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 to clinch the AFC’s final wild-card playoff spot.

Keiser, 24, went undrafted in 2011 out of Stanford. He spent the past few season’s with the Carolina Panthers before signing with the Chargers last offseason. Keiser is signed under contract through the 2014 season.

Keiser started the season on the practice squad and was promoted to the 53-man roster in October, following injuries to Melvin Ingram, Jarrett Johnson, Donald Butler and Dwight Freeney. Since being called up to the active roster Keiser has started three games and appeared in 12 games. Keiser has 17 tackles, 4.5 sacks and one interception on the season. Keiser has been a vital part of the Chargers defense this season and a key to their turnaround in the second half of the season as a situational pass rusher as evidenced by his 4.5 sacks, which are tied for the team lead and on special teams.

The Chargers head to Cincinnati for their first playoff game since 2009 against the Bengals and Keiser is expected to play.

Topics: Arrested, Playoffs, San Diego Chargers, Thomas Keiser

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  • Alt Strat

    Chargers Player Provoked barleymash “Altercation”

    SAN DIEGO (December 31, 2013) The owners of downtown sports bar, barleymash wish to respond to the mischaracterizations of the incident that occurred at their restaurant on December 29, 2013 involving San Diego Chargers player, Thomas Keiser. Media reports have stated that there was an “altercation that eventually turned into a fight.” barleymash has proof that this was, instead, an unprovoked, vicious assault by Mr. Keiser on a barleymash
    employee.

    Mr. Keiser and his party departed the restaurant after one of the individuals in his group was asked by the security staff to leave. Mr. Keiser subsequently re-entered the restaurant. He inconspicuously followed an employee to an area outside the restaurant’s office, where he sat and waited for several minutes. When the employee emerged from the office, Mr. Keiser ambushed and brutally assaulted him. Mr. Keiser ran, but was detained by security personnel until police arrived and arrested Mr. Keiser.

    The owners remain extremely upset about this incident, as barleymash is not the type of venue where incidents of this nature occur. barleymash is a sports restaurant geared toward food, sports fans and families. The owners and staff wish to stress their ongoing support of the San Diego Chargers organization.

    • arnie

      Thanks for the insight, but we’ll let the police sort it out. Instead of the “alleged ” facts being laid out on a message board.
      Still this was just Dumb on Keisers part, unprovoked or not.
      Note Chargers avoid Barleymash

  • arnie

    Really?! Really! He had to be the idiot, go out and celebrate and get arrested on a night where there were a lot of alcohol indused hot tempers to go around. For crying out loud it was probably a Chiefs, or Steelers fan that wanted to give him an ear full.