Isaac Bakar awoke early one Sunday morning last month to find a man yanking on the front door of his North Miami Beach home. Not just any man: A 6-foot-6, 311-pound NFL defensive lineman named Desmond Bryant. Intoxicated and incoherent, Bryant was arrested for criminal mischief for allegedly trying to break down the door to Bakar’s house, police records show. While Bryant’s arrest was embarrassing — his slack-jawed mug shot from the Feb. 24 incident has already attained Internet infamy — it didn’t prevent Bryant from receiving a five-year, $34 million contract with the Cleveland Browns last week. Now Bryant is facing a lawsuit from Bakar and his family, who say they were “terrified” by Bryant when he tried to bull his way into their house — even pulling off one of the door handles as Bakar tried to hold the door closed. Their lawyer said they are receiving psychological counseling. “They were scared,” said the family’s attorney, Robert Fiore, who filed the lawsuit Monday in Miami-Dade circuit court. “My client was holding on for dear life.” Bakar, his wife and his three children were awakened around 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 24 by the sounds of banging on their front door. When Bakar looked through a window pane in the door, he saw the hulking, shirtless Bryant come charging at the door again, the lawsuit says. Fearing a home-invasion robbery from the muscled intruder, Bakar — a 43-year-old, 5-foot-11, 170-pound paving contractor — tried to hold the door shut against Bryant while his wife called police. Bryant was still yelling and banging on the door when officers arrived, the police report says. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/18/3293499/encounter-with-nfl-player-left.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy
Encounter with NFL player Desmond Bryant left North Miami Beach family shaken
Published On: Mar 19 2013 06:09:54 AM CDT Updated On: Mar 19 2013 06:09:54 AM CDT
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