A man has filed a federal civil lawsuit against Tennessee Titans receiver Tajae Sharpe and offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola, alleging that they beat him up outside a Nashville bar last month during the NFL Draft.
Dante Satterfield is suing the two players for $500,000 regarding an alleged exchange at the Tin Roof Bar at 1516 Demonbreun St. in Nashville that escalated into a fight outside the establishment. The incident allegedly took place on April 27, the night the Titans drafted Corey Davis with their first pick in the draft, with conversation over that draft selection playing a role in the matter turning violent.
According to the lawsuit, Sharpe was upset about the selection of Davis, and as he and Satterfield were talking about the draft, the conversation became heated. The litigation says that Satterfield made remarks to Sharpe about how the Titans’ selection of Davis in the first round would affect Sharpe’s role on the team, and said that Sharpe took exception to the comment.
The lawsuit states that Sharpe told Satterfield to accompany him outside, and as they moved to the alley around midnight, the lawsuit said that Sharpe punched Satterfield in the face several times while Tretola served as a lookout.
Satterfield, according to the lawsuit, was left unconscious in the alley and was later found and transported to the hospital. In all, Satterfield claims he was out for about 12 hours before regaining consciousness.
Satterfield, who is represented by attorney Alex Little of the law firm Bone, McAllester, Norton, suffered a perforated eardrum, as well as severe bruising and broken bones, per the lawsuit.
“This case is not about the Tennessee Titans or the NFL. It’s about two individuals who, for no good reason, seriously injured an innocent victim. We are seeking to hold them accountable for the harm they have caused,” Little said.
Blaine Roach, who serves as Sharpe’s agent through Athletes First, vehemently denied the allegations from the lawsuit.
“Tajae had nothing to do with this and we look forward to showing his innocence in this matter, whether it is before court or in court.” Roach said. “We will show that he wasn’t even there at the time that this man was allegedly beaten up.”
Tretola is also represented by Athletes First. Efforts to reach his agent, Joe Panos, who was out of town on a hunting trip, were unsuccessful.
Roach said that the two second-year Titans are good friends and spend a good amount of time together.
“Tajae and Sebastian are really good friends. They hang out together all the time and train together. I can’t speak for Sebastian, because I don’t directly represent him, but Tajae had nothing to do with this, and we are eager to show that,” Roach said.
Sharpe had 41 catches as a rookie starter for the Titans in 2016, after being chosen in the fifth round of the draft. Tretola was a backup guard and a sixth-round draft choice last year.