Rangers, Police Investigate Scheppers Altercation

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CBS Cleveland

CLEVELAND (CBS/AP) — The Texas Rangers say they’re investigating a claim by pitcher Tanner Scheppers that he was attacked in downtown Cleveland last week.

Scheppers said he was “sucker-punched by several young males” while going out to dinner a few blocks from the team’s hotel Thursday night. He sustained facial cuts and bruises, and said his attackers ran away.

Cleveland-based entertainment website Scene reported Sunday that Scheppers verbally instigated the incident — which apparently happened overnight at a bar, and not around dinnertime. The website cited a witness without giving the person’s name.

“He lost a bar fight. He had 10 chances to walk away before this happened,” the witness told the website.

The Cleveland Police Department confirmed Sunday that Scheppers was involved in a physical altercation at Panini’s Bar at 2:30 a.m. Friday. The statement said Scheppers “refused to provide information and refused to make a police report.”


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