Rookie arrested after brawl

Cory Rodgers, selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of April's NFL draft, was arrested early Friday morning after police in Fort Worth, Texas, had to break up a brawl that involved up to 60 people, according to reports.

Rodgers, a wide receiver and kick returner from Texas Christian University, is facing misdemeanor charges of unlawfully carrying a firearm and unlawfully discharging a firearm. He was released from the Mansfield Jail Friday evening after posting $2,000 bail, jail officials said.

Officers heard two shots fired and found Rodgers in the back seat of his car with a .40-caliber handgun and ammunition. TCU safety Eric Buchanan and wide receiver Quentily Harmon were in the front seat of the car, police spokesman Lt. Dean Sullivan said.

The Packers issued a short statement Friday through a team spokesman, which read: "We are aware of an incident involving Cory Rodgers Thursday night in Texas, and are in the process of gathering additional information."

Police say Rodgers fired into the air from the parking lot outside the club. Buchanan and Harmon told police the gun was fired to scare a group of men who were throwing beer bottles because Rodgers refused to give them an autograph.

About 50 to 60 people were involved in the brawl, which included bar patrons using pool cues and beer bottles as weapons.

Some twenty officers responded to the Stone Canyon Club in the historic Stockyards around 2 a.m. and six people were arrested, including Rodgers and the two TCU athletes. All three players were juniors on the Horned Frogs' roster last season. Two people were shocked with stun guns for failing to obey officers.

TCU head football coach Gary Patterson said he was disappointed and that appropriate action would be taken against the two players.

Rodgers, the 104th overall pick in the draft, was a two-year starter at TCU. The 6-foot, 187-pound wideout had made a good impression as a returner in the Packers' mini-camps. Gary Patterson, TCU's football coach, said he had spoken to Buchanan and Harmon on Friday, but not Rodgers.

"I'm very disappointed in his actions," Patterson said, speaking of Rodgers. "He's still one of ours, and I'd like him to act differently."

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