On Sunday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ AAA affiliate Indianapolis Indians beat the Toledo Mud Hens, the Tigers’ AAA club, 6-2. After the game, several players from both clubs went to The Bronze Boar, a sports bar across the street from the Mud Hens’ stadium. Pirates prospects Gift Ngoepe and Dovydas Neverauskas and Tigers prospect Warwick Saupold were drinking there until the bar closed, when Ngoepe got into an argument with a bartender after they poured his drink out at last call.
According to Yelp users, The Bronze Boar is notorious for this practice. Quoth one recent review: “Service is piss poor if u r from out of town. At last call bouncers pulled full drinks out of our hands right after they sold them, but let the locals finish their drinks. Why the discrimination? When I asked I was grabbed & escorted out of bar.” Anyway, Ngoepe was displeased with his drink getting tossed out, so he chewed out a female bartender, according to MiLB.com. Another bar patron got in the way, and Ngoepe pushed him up against a wall, per the police report.
After getting kicked out, Ngeope waited outside for Goncharuk, and by the time Toledo PD arrived, a large fight was happening outside the bar. Saupold was reportedly arrested for punching Goncharuk in the face during the melee, and Ngoepe was charged with resisting arrest after trying to help him escape from the officer. Neverauskas then tried to pull police off of Ngoepe, during which he fell on his face. Per MiLB:
The report indicates that Neverauskas then resisted arrest, repeatedly pulling his arms away from an officer before falling and hitting his face on a brick, “which scratched his forehead and nose,” police said. He was treated by the Toledo Fire Department for his facial injuries.
He too was booked for resisting arrest. All three players and Goncharuk were charged with assault for their roles in the incident.