Five members of a professional lacrosse team from New York state were arrested following an outburst with other patrons at a Bloomington restaurant that involved food, bottles and silverware being thrown, authorities said Wednesday.
The melee erupted shortly before 1 a.m. Monday at the T.G.I. Friday's across from the Mall of America and involved 20 to 30 people inside and then "spilling to the outside," Deputy Police Chief Rick Hart said.
"It started with someone tossing a menu," Hart said. "One of the groups didn't like it."
Before long, glasses, bottles, food and silverware were flying through the air, Hart said. The restaurant reported about $1,600 in damage to police.
The members of the Rochester Knighthawks -- Cody Jamieson, Sid Smith, Travis Hill, Jordan Hall and Tyler Burton -- were charged with misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors and appeared Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court and returned home that night, team president Lewis Staats said.
Also arrested and charged with misdemeanors were two T.G.I. Friday's patrons from the Twin Cities: Tyrissa Hart, 19, of Minneapolis, and Travis Davidson, 27, of Maplewood.
Staats said his team's executives and the National Lacrosse League are investigating what happened. The Knighthawks had lost to the Minnesota Swarm on Sunday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Staats said "we haven't had any issues to deal with before" regarding the behavior of the players.
The team's next game is Saturday, and Staats said he has yet to determine whether the five will play.