Darron Lee, the New York Jets' promising young linebacker and their first-round pick in last year's draft, says he is OK after being attacked in a bar in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday night.
The 22-year-old explained the incident in some detail Monday in a video posted to his Twitter account, in which he showed off a bruise under his right eye and what he said were "bumps all around my head." He insisted he was attacked without provocation and he had no idea by whom.
"I was leaving a bar to go get in my Uber, and midway to the exit of the bar I get hit and tackled simultaneously," Lee said. "I have no idea who it was. I was not in any argument with anybody. I hadn't said a word to anybody.
"To this very moment I have no idea by whom. Don't care. But the whole time that was going on, the guy who was trying to tackle me I was talking to him like 'I didn't hit you. I didn't hit you.' He was still going on."
The Jets had no immediate comment, but a source said they were aware of the incident. A spokesman for the Columbus Police Department did not have information on the incident when contacted by SNY on Sunday afternoon.
Lee first tweeted about the incident on Sunday, only to delete his tweets later, which led some of his followers to speculate that it never actually happened. But Lee said "I'm not necessarily one to make things up, especially if something physically happens to me."
He thanked everyone who checked in on him and the bouncers at the bar who intervened.
"I'm going to be all right," Lee said. "I apologize for the scare it may have caused to people. I didn't really mean to scare everybody."