Jacksonville, FL - A Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker has been arrested for misdemeanor battery.
Dan Skuta bonded out of jail early Sunday, June 19, after being arrested in Orlando.
The arrest report says Skuta was flirting with a woman on the corner of E Central and N Orange Ave around 2:30AM, and they got in a verbal fight when she didn’t want to give him her number. Orlando Police say Skuta then pushed the woman’s face, which caused her head to hit a glass window. The victim’s friend gave police a statement that matched her account of what happened, according to the arrest report.
“During my interaction, with Skuta, I observed his eyes to be blood shot/glassy and could smell the impurities of alcohol on his breathe,” says the arrest report.
The victim declined medical treatment, and police say they couldn’t see any visible injuries.
The Jaguars confirmed they are aware of the arrest.
“The Jaguars are aware of the situation involving linebacker Dan Skuta and are currently gathering more information. The team has been in constant communication with Dan through this process in its entirety. No further comment can be made at this time,” says a statement from the team.
Skuta’s attorney, Mark NeJame, issued a statement saying Skuta is innocent and the events “simply did not happen”.
“Eye witnesses who we have already received statements from in our initial investigation will attest that Dan was alongside his girlfriend when this fabricated event supposedly took place and only verbally instructed two women who were harassing his friends to leave them alone,” the statement reads in part.
NeJame says Skuta is the one who was hit by one of the women and he tried to walk away to avoid any further trouble- never putting his hands on anyone.
“We are confident this will be resolved favorably to Dan and the truth will come out as to his innocence and non-involvement,” the statement says.
Court records show Skuta entered a not guilty plea on June 23. He has also filed a motion demanding a jury trial. A formal arraignment had been set for July 20, but online court records now show that has been cancelled.