Toronto Blue Jays prospect Kacy Clemens and his friend are suing a Houston bar for alleged assault and injury by a bouncer on New Years’ Eve.
As the lawsuit states, Clemens and Conner Capel were at the Concrete Cowboy when a bouncer asked them to move. After following the instructions, the bouncer and others tried to remove the two from the bar.
“The suit claims that other bouncers and staff members started physically assaulting Clemens and Capel, causing severe injuries,” ABC 13 in Houston reports. “Clemens and Capel are both baseball players in the minor league, and their attorney is concerned the injures could impact them professionally.”
Per the lawsuit, Capel’s skull was fractured and Clemens may have sustained an injury to his throwing arm.
After the assault, one of the bouncers was arrested. Police found that neither Clemens nor Capel were intoxicated at the time.
Clemens, drafted by the Blue Jays in 2017, is 24 years old and the son of former major leaguer Roger Clemens. In 2018, Clemens played 122 games with the Dunedin Blue Jays and Lansing Lugnuts, batting .231 and hitting 12 home runs. He spent most of his time at first base.
Capel is a 21-year-old outfielder prospect for the St. Louis Cardinals.
“The culture of Concrete Cowboy needs to be exposed for what it is — bouncers who make it their mission to brutalize and assault patrons who they perceive to not follow their orders,” attorney Randy Sorrels said, per ABC 13.
Despite reporting in TMZ stating that the bouncers “may have destroyed [Clemens'] pro baseball career," a teammate of his told me that Clemens is "fine and good" and will be ready for spring training.