An Arizona Cardinals tight end was arrested after a scuffle at a hotel where he asked to use the bathroom and was denied, police said.
Ricky Seals-Jones, 23, initially asked permission early Saturday morning to use the facilities at the W Hotel in Scottsdale, but was told by hotel employees that restrooms were for guests only, according to a police report obtained by the Arizona Republic.
Undeterred, Seals-Jones then walked toward the entrance of a sushi restaurant connected to the hotel, where one staffer later told police that the burly tight end “muscled his way in by pushing him back with his elbow to his shoulder and chest.”
Seals-Jones pushed the employee “with an open hand to his chest, like being moved by an offensive lineman,” but no punches were thrown. The former Texas A&M standout — now in his second year with the Cardinals — denied pushing anyone, the report said.
Seals-Jones, who is listed at 6-feet-5 and 243 pounds, told police he “badly” needed to use the restroom and didn’t want to risk being arrested for going outside. He appeared to be intoxicated with watery, bloodshot eyes, police said.
ESPN reports that surveillance video from the hotel showed Seals-Jones and employees “rapidly” coming out of the restaurant and stumbling over benches outside. The group then headed toward the valet area of the hotel, where another scuffle began and Seals-Jones ended up on the ground.
Seals-Jones, a Houston native and cousin of Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, had 12 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns in his rookie season last year after joining the team as an undrafted free agent.
“The team is aware of the incident over the weekend involving Ricky Seals-Jones,” team officials told the Arizona Republic in a statement. “While the legal process remains ongoing, we will refrain from commenting further at this time.”
Hotel reps didn’t respond to requests for comment, according to the newspaper.
Seals-Jones is facing charges of assault, disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal trespassing after the incident. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney.