(Boston Herald) The attorney for ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant — who was arrested over the weekend for allegedly assaulting his estranged wife outside a pizza shop in front of their 6-year-old son — said the sports scribe was busted because he is black.
State police said Bryant, 42, put up a fight and struck a trooper with his elbow when they tried to arrest him after witnesses said he roughed up his wife outside a pizza shop shortly after noon Saturday in the small western Massachusetts town of Buckland.
“If Howard Bryant was Caucasian and was on the streets having exactly the same conversation with his wife — nobody would have even noticed,” his attorney Buz Eisenberg, told the Herald today.
Eisenberg said Bryant’s wife is Caucasian. Bryant is a former Herald sports columnist.
“Race still plays a part in our society and we intend to contest these allegations completely,” Eisenberg said. “The 6-year-old had to witness his father being thrown on a hood of a car and being abused.”
State police spokesman David Procopio called the attorney’s race claims “wrong” and an insult to domestic violence victims.