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Beason Said He Was Fired Up; But Didn’t Hit Man at Strip Club

The Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers linebacker Jon Beason told a jury Tuesday he was the angriest he’s been in his life and that he wanted to hit Gregory Frye, but that he did not punch Frye during their 2009 altercation at a Charlotte strip club.

Beason had been set off, he said, when he heard that Frye was telling people that he saw Beason snorting cocaine at a boat party on Lake Norman. He tried to punch Frye, he admitted, but was stopped by friends.

“There’s no way I hit him,” Beason said. Frye has accused Beason in a civil lawsuit of crushing his nasal cavity during the confrontation, knocking him down with a punch and then striking him again when he got up. The jury is expected to begin deliberating today after the attorneys make their closing arguments.

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