San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, a West High graduate, was not arrested Sunday night, contrary to reports connecting him to a fight outside a San Diego nightclub.
San Diego police told UT San Diego on Monday morning that Mathews was not arrested nor stopped by police. Police did confirm there was a fight around 8:30 p.m. outside Side Bar, located in San Diego's Gaslamp district.
Earlier Monday, two websites, Examiner.com and Big Lead Sports, reported Mathews had been arrested after striking a man in the fight. Sports Illustrated later credited those reports in its own story, and the idea that Mathews was involved quickly became viral via social media.
Except it wasn't true, police said.
"Ryan Mathews was never alleged to have struck anybody in this incident. He is not a suspect in anything at this time," San Diego Police Department officer Ed Zwibel told UT San Diego.
Mathews, 25, graduated from West High in 2006 and played three years at Fresno State before the Chargers took him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Mathews did not return a message seeking comment from The Californian, but he told UT San Diego he awoke Monday at home with his phone full of messages alerting him that he'd been arrested. He said he had been downtown Sunday night with friends but denied involvement in the fight.
"It's crazy right now," he told the website. "... I don't know how my name got twisted in all this (stuff). I don't know why my name is even being brought up. ... I didn't hit anybody. I wasn't arrested. ... I didn't see a fight. I didn't see anything."
Mathews also took to his Twitter account to clear his name.
"Home healthy and happy! Don't know how my name got in this but I'm good!"
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