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Bears DT Henry Melton allegedly bit restaurant manager during arrest, had bloody mug shot

Henry Melton mug shot

Injured Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton was arrested on charges of public intoxication and assault following an incident at a bar on Saturday night/early Sunday morning in Texas, and he was all bloody in his mug shot.

The allegations Melton is facing are actually pretty humorous. Grapevine police Sgt. Robert Eberling says Melton was arrested after becoming belligerent at Chill Sports Bar when he was asked to leave. Eberling says Melton punched the bar manager in the face and bit his arm.

Four bar staffers were needed to restrain the 27-year-old lineman, who has been on IR since tearing his ACL in Week 3.

Melton signed a franchise tag before the season and will be a free agent after the season.

You know, receiving a franchise tag bites when you’re a guy looking for a long-term deal, but Melton has been cutting his teeth in the league for several years now and stands to sign with a team before next season once he heals. It was bloody unfortunate for him to get hurt the year he signed his franchise tag, but if everything cuts well for him, he should be back in business before long.

Dominic Raiola on Bears’ Henry Melton: ‘He’s a clown’

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton had some choice words for the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, calling them a dirty team both on offense and defense. In particular, Melton said Detroit’s offensive linemen talk trash and throw cheap shots. He singled out Lions center Dominic Raiola, calling him “old” and accusing him of using cuss words and playing dirty. Needless to say, the comments did not sit well with Raiola.

“Who? Who?” Raiola said Thursday according to the Detroit Free Press. “Exactly. You got a defense full of superstars, and you don’t hear from the guys that carry weight in my book. (Brian) Urlacher, (Lance) Briggs, (Charles) Tillman, (Israel) Idonije, older guys. (Julius) Peppers. The guys that have been there. We’re talking about guys who carry weight. This guy? Not in my book.”

Melton is in his fourth NFL season and was recently named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster. He may not have as much pull in the locker room as some of the aforementioned veterans, but he’s obviously recognized as one of the better defensive tackles in the NFC. Raiola doesn’t see it that way.

“I mean, this guy, he made it to the Pro Bowl?” Raiola asked. “This guy made the Pro Bowl? (Over) Kevin Williams, who worked through injuries all year? (Over Nadmukong) Suh, who’s a better player than this guy? Come on.

“It’s tiresome, especially from a guy like this, a guy that didn’t even play the past two weeks. … I don’t know what to say anymore. In my book, he’s a clown. That’s all I got.”

As Bart Scott could tell you, Raiola does not like it when people talk about his team. Personally, I don’t feel as though there was a need for Melton to say anything. The Lions are 4-11 while the Bears are hunting for a playoff spot. The last thing Chicago needs to do is give its opponents something to play for.

Bears DT Henry Melton: Lions are a dirty team

Henry-Melton-BearsThe Detroit Lions are used to be calling dirty on defense by now, and it hardly seems to bother them. Ndamukong Suh has worked hard to earn that reputation with plays like this one, but it’s less common to hear an opponent accuse the Lions of dirty play on offense. According to Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton, Detroit is just an all-around dirty team.

“Dirty. They’re dirty,” Melton said according to the Chicago Tribune. “They’ve always been a dirty team since I’ve been here. I don’t like them. They’re going to be looking for cheap shots and all that mess, just have to hold our composure and play the game we know.

“They just try to do all this extra stuff, talking little cheap shots. If you look at the tape, they’ve always thrown cheap shots, we had a brawl last year. It is what it is, I’m ready.”

Last season, Bears cornerback D.J. Moore threw a hit on Matthew Stafford that started a scuffle between the two teams. The way that fight started doesn’t really support what Melton is saying, but he said the evidence is all on video. He also said Detroit offensive lineman Dominic Raiola is one of the more annoying players he plays against.

“He’s old and he just talks,” Melton said. “He’s more just cuss words, bad language. Then he’ll throw some cheap shots in there and then he’ll say some bad words.”

Accusing an opponent of dirty play is one thing, but I don’t think any Bears players should be complaining about an opponent talking trash with all the ways they have made themselves look bad with their mouths this season. Chicago may still be in the playoff hunt and have a lot to play for this weekend, but the Lions should have no problem motivating themselves to play spoiler against their division rival.