Greater Western Sydney power forward, and the number one draft pick at the 2011 AFL Draft Jonathan Patton has been fortunately cleared of serious injury, after an incident outside a Hollywood bar in which the 22 year-old was allegedly king hit.
Patton, in LA on a post-season trip with fellow teammates, was with defender Tomas Bugg when then unprovoked attack occurred outside a bar in West Hollywood.
Patton had left the bar when he was allegedly struck on the side of the head. He was taken to hospital with a suspected concussion, and was held for observations for several hours. Subsequent scans – which were sent by the hospital to a GWS staff doctor who specialises in the signs of concussion – fortunately revealed no damage, and the player was released.
Los Angeles police confirmed that a man had been arrested in relation to the incident.
GWS spokesman James Avery stated how lucky Patton was to have no suffered serious injury, given the nature of the assault and the nasty history associated with similar incidents.
“It’s basically a king hit. The guy has come up behind him and he’s fallen onto the footpath.”
“Too many people suffered significant injuries being hit and falling onto a footpath.”
A statement on the club’s website stated that police investigation confirmed that Patton was an innocent victim in the incident, and that they would continue to provide support for the player whilst he remains abroad.
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via Herald Sun.