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Lawsuit: Titans WR Beat Me Up Because Tennessee Drafted Another WR

A man suggested Tajae Sharpe was going to lose playing time to the Titans new draft pick, so Sharpe allegedly knocked him unconscious.

by Sean Newell
May 11 2017, 6:25pm

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In a lawsuit filed in Tennessee, a Nashville man named Dante Satterfield claims he was viciously beaten by Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe after the two had been watching the NFL Draft together with another Titans player, lineman Sebastian Tretola. It seems Sharpe got a little salty that the Titans, one year after selecting Sharpe, selected another wide receiver with the fifth overall pick. The conversation took a turn for the worse when Satterfield mentioned it might affect his playing time.

Here's more from the suit, which even gets in a nice little dig from head coach Mike Mularky:

23. Upon information and belief, Titans Head Football Coach Mike Mularkey ("Coach Mularkey") considered Defendant Sharpe's performance during the 2016 season to be subpar.

24. Before the 2017 NFL Draft, Coach Mularkey stated, in a Tennessean article dated March 5, 2017, that Defendant Sharpe has to "prove himself all over again" after fading late in his rookie season.

25. In the 2017 NFL Draft, with its first pick (pick number five overall), the Titans selected Corey Davis ("Mr. Davis"), a wide receiver from Western Michigan University.

26. Upon information and belief, because the Titans drafted Mr. Davis with its first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Defendant Sharpe is likely to receive less playing time in the 2017 NFL Season and his job may be in jeopardy.

27. Upon information and belief, Defendant Sharpe was very upset by the Titans' selection of Mr. Davis.

Sharpe, supposedly very upset, then somehow persuaded Satterfield to join him outside with Tretola for what the suit claims he thought were "lawful purposes." Once outside in an alley, Tretola played lookout as Sharpe allegedly beat the shit out of him. The lawsuit has some pretty grisly pictures attached as exhibits—you can find the whole suit, with exhibits, below—and Satterfield claims that he was beaten unconscious and left in the alley.

Someone eventually found Satterfield and called 911. An ambulance took him to a local hospital where he remained unconscious for more than 12 hours. Satterfield is suing for at least $500,000 in damages for injuries including a concussion, facial fractures, extensive bruising, and a perforated eardrum, among others.

Sharpe's agent categorically denied the allegations, calling it a "classic shakedown attempt." The Titans provided the classic "we are aware of [x terrible thing our player is accused of]" statement.

Read the full suit here: