Two National Hockey League players have been detained for attacking a friend at their Manhattan home after a night out.
23-year-old Frank "Sonny" Milano, a forward with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and 22-year-old Anthony-John "AJ" Greer, a winger for the Colorado Avalanche, were arrested and charged with third-degree assault.
Milano and Greer — along with a few of their friends and roommates — visited the trendy Chelsea nightclub on the condition that the roomie’s buddy would snag them table service for $1,200.
However, things didn't go as planned. The 28-year-old victim, who has not yet been identified and is not a hockey player, called the police and stated that the two players had repeatedly punched and kicked him after he protested the bill.
The father of Long Island-native Milano admitted that the fight did occur. However, he insisted that it had nothing to do with money.
“It wasn’t over a bill. The guy was getting rowdy in their apartment," said the man outside the family’s Massapequa home. He declined to give his name but identified himself as Milano’s dad.
“They asked him to leave and he wouldn’t. That’s it,” he told The Post, adding that his son “is a good kid.”
“I’m a big body out there, and I have to disturb people to get under their skin,” the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Quebec native told The Denver Post in 2017. “It’s my job, and I play better when I’m able to get under their skin.”
According to sports-contract site Capology.com, both players are restricted free agents, but Milano netted $832,500 last season, while Greer pulled $750,000.
Their respective teams stated that they had been informed of the charges, but wouldn’t comment on the incident as it was an ongoing investigation.