Nick Lachey has always been been such a laid-back, under-the-radar former boy band member and reality star ... and oh yeah, Cincinnati Bengals fan. He's never been known for causing much trouble (outside of divorcing Jessica Simpson, of course). But seems like that's about to change, because Nick's being accused of choking a San Diego Chargers fan at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday and calling the guy's wife a "f**king b*tch," TMZ is reporting. What the ...?!
Although Nick is calling the accuser's bluff, Nick and his buddies were booted from the stadium (not the Chargers fans), and there is footage of the kerfuffle. But while it's clear that there was definitely a fight and Nick may have instigated it, I'm not sure you can tell just who started it and if Nick actually lunged toward the guy, grabbed him by the throat, and shoved him to the ground as he says.
Maybe I'm inclined to play devil's advocate because I wouldn't be surprised if the Chargers fan who Nick got into the fight with decided to exaggerate a bit to build a stronger case against Nick, because he is a celebrity. I wouldn't put that past anyone who has a run-in with someone they know is rich and famous.
What's more, what Nick's rep had to say to TMZ about the whole ordeal seems to back that theory up:
This is a gross misrepresentation of what happened. It was nothing but a spirited debate between fans of opposing teams. At no point did Nick say anything derogatory to the man's wife and anything to suggest the contrary is simply untrue.
Call me crazy, or maybe I just can't see new dad, devoted hubby, Mr. Nice Guy Nick Lachey going that beserk, but I'm leaning toward believing the rep over the Chargers fan.
Then again, after the incident, Nick tweeted, "Just got kicked out of the chargers stadium and couldn't be prouder! Go Cincy Bengals." Followed by, "i simply don't appreciate someone turning around and putting their finger in my face. call me crazy, but that deserved a reaction."
So, clearly something crazy went down. Just not sure it's enough to land Nick in court. But being that the Chargers fan says he plans to file a police report against Lachey, no matter what exactly went down, there's definitely a possibility Nick's hot-headedness could land him in a publicity -- and legal -- pickle.
Here's the footage of the fight from TMZ ...
Do you believe Nick Lachey or the Chargers fan?
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