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Posted at 8:04 AM ET, 02/15/2011

Report: Banks and friend may have started incident (updated)

By Cindy Boren

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Updated at 1:15 p.m.

The charging affadavit describing the fight that left Brandon Banks and Christopher Nixon hospitalized and resulted in the arrest of Jason Shorter is less conclusive than NBC 4's report.

The affadavit states:

Officers viewed recorded video footage from the establishment, which revealed that [Nixon] and [Shorter] engaged in a verbal altercation in front of the nightclub, which turned physical. [Shorter] briefly argued with [Nixon] and [Banks], then pulled a knife from his pocket, opened it and armed himself by holding the knife behind his back. [Nixon] then struck [Shorter] with his fist. [A bouncer] intervened to de-escalate the altercation and positioned himself between [Shorter], [Nixon] and [Banks]. As [the bouncer] stood between [Shorter], [Nixon] and [Banks], [Shorter] then reached over [the bouncer] and initially attacked [Nixon] with the knife. [Nixon] and [Banks] then became engaged in a physical altercation in which [Shorter] repeatedly stabbed [Nixon] and [Banks].

Filed at 8:04 a.m.

Brandon Banks and his friend, Christopher Nixon, may have instigated the fight in which each were stabbed outside a DC nightclub early Saturday morning, according to an NBC Washington report.

Tape of the incident, taken by surveillance cameras, shows Banks and Nixon starting the fight with Jason Shorter, who is accused of stabbing both men outside The Park at 14th nightclub, according to Channel 4. When police arrived, Banks showed them his wounds and identified Shorter as the assailant. The video reportedly shows Nixon throwing a punch after Shorter allegedly pulled a knife from his pocket, opened it and, according to court documents, "armed himself by holding it behind his back."

A bouncer stepped in after the punch was thrown and Shorter reached over him and slashed at Nixon, court documents show. He and Banks were stabbed repeatedly, according to Channel 4's Derrick Ward.

Banks, a Redskins wide receiver and kick returner, and Nixon both remain hospitalized. Banks, whose agent said he may be released today, has wounds that are more serious than originally described, according to Channel 4. Nixon has injuries to his face and upper body.

By Cindy Boren  | February 15, 2011; 8:04 AM ET
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Posted by: bigmac1810 | February 15, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

So is Danny Boy going to sue the restaraunt? It had the camera that shows what really happened, but he condsiders it slander.

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 15, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: ericroks | February 15, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

god bless, even when we stumble upon a little gem we lose...i had high hopes that Banks would be our return guy for years and become a fan favorite, now he goes down in infamy like Andre Blatche, Rod Strickland, Chris Webber, oh yeah and Fat Albert (how could I forget...)

Posted by: jbrady84 | February 15, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

So, Banks and his friends get stabbed outside of a club on 14th street and Haynesworth early that night at a restaurant on 15th street gets accused of grabbing the breast of a female restaurant worker.

Memo to other Redskins: Stay away from that area!

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | February 15, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

It's the off season and boys will be boys! Maybe Danny should run background checks on his players.

Posted by: FLvet | February 15, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Great...another PR disaster. Doesn't it figure?

Posted by: dbunkr | February 15, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

IMO the last paragraph can be worded better. Maybe it's just me but I read the phrase
"whose agent said he may be released today," as meaning the Redskins had plans to release Banks today. According to the link, Banks agent only meant that his client would be released from the hospital today. The Redskins appear to have no plans to cut Banks from the team.

This situation is yet another example to people that nothing good happens after 2 am.

Posted by: CJMARTIN04 | February 15, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Ahhh, I knew something sounded a bit shady about this story initially.

Posted by: linroy62 | February 15, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Washington Bengals. At least we are the best in league for one thing...bad press. Stop giving Danny your money.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 15, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

It's the OFFSEASON can the SKINS stay OUT of the Newspaper for just one week. Albert punches a motorist one week. Snyder sues a newspaper. Brandon Banks gets stabbed.
Then Albert feels up some waitress at the W. Jeeze louise guys C'MON!!!!!

Havent the fans of the burgundy and gold suffered enough from having to watch subpar play during the season.

Now we're subjected to all this crap in the offseason. I'd rather be the champs of the offseason like they used to be spending up all their free agent money than be the Champs of the Crime Page.


Posted by: RobAnthony | February 15, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

No question that Burress and Rogers would be perfect pick ups for this team. Their posses are disorganized and ineffective. How embarassing to be caught without a gun in a knife fight!

Posted by: johnmarshall5446 | February 15, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

This incident could possibly be the first in many involving NFL players with the imminent lockout looming. For some of these guys football keeps them out of trouble.

Posted by: jbworldwide | February 15, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

By all means continue to report even though you have absolutely no idea what the facts are. We expect no more from the post..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 15, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I guess the Ice Cream Man suit comments from Mr. Nixon & Banks to Mr. Shorter were a little bit to much. I guess next time the 2 will be less sharper with their cutting comments.

Posted by: Raidersfan2 | February 15, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Danny- please take your clowns to LA so we can start over with a new team! Washington sports are an embarrasment. the Wiz should be contracted and the Skins are beyond contempt. I saw a quote by a Cowboy fan yesterday-"it is really embarrassing being a Cowboy fan, but at least we don't have to root for the Redskins". Way to go Danny you worthless punk- you have ruined a once great franchise. Just get out of town!

Posted by: rveatch | February 15, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

'The video reportedly shows Nixon throwing a punch after Shorter allegedly pulled a knife from his pocket, opened it and, according to court documents, "armed himself by holding it behind his back."'

How is this "starting a fight"? If you pull out a knife then you are starting a fight. Is he supposed to wait for the guy to stab him? You quote court documents that say Nixon threw the punch after the assailant armed himself.

Posted by: paperwc | February 15, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I thought Banks was FAST...this guy stabbed both of them. Hey Brandon...guy pulls a knife don't stand there and get stuck, you turn around the opposite direction and do a roadrunner...beep beep!! He's gone.

Posted by: footballfreak | February 15, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I thought Banks was FAST...this guy stabbed both of them. Hey Brandon...guy pulls a knife don't stand there and get stuck, you turn around the opposite direction and do a roadrunner...beep beep!! He's gone.

Posted by: footballfreak | February 15, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Time for a clean sweep- No criminal low life in the NFL-No Exceptions!

Posted by: soccerhead | February 15, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The headline is quite misleading. I read the headline and it points the finger at Banks; however, upon reading the blog, it doesn't really seem to indicate that Banks started the fight. Pretty lame if you ask me.

Posted by: mbm1 | February 15, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

You see people...there is always three sides to the story...Bank's Agent (which got their response out first if you noticed, The best defense is a good offense) The Defendant "attacker" as they so eloquently put it (whose charges were reduced..hmm I wonder why) and the truth (the video of which they speak)...not everything is as it seems people...

Posted by: Envy23 | February 15, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Everyone has a knife & a gun. No such thing as a fair fight anymore. No one has any patience. No one lets things slide.

Smart thinking by Banks. Jeapordize your nice pro career over what?

Disrespect was probably shown. An alpha dawg don't want to back down in front of da other dawgs.

Like a bunch of stupid kids. Their body got out of the hood but not their mind.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 15, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Over-payed children.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 15, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: rpcv84 | February 15, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Have you sold your Dead Skins season ticket yet?

Oh well. There's always the Capitals. Their players don't seem to get in as much off-ice shenanignans.

Why is that?

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 15, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget this quote from Adolf Hitler when talking about colonizing Russia: "There's only one duty: to Germanize this country by the immigration of Germans and to look upon the natives as Redskins." (Hitler: a study in tyranny, by Allan Bullock, pg. 385)

Posted by: jmarks09 | February 15, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, just maybe, this is an opportunity.

Let's get Snyder interested in becoming a bail bondsman. Get him busy w/ that, maybe he will leave football operations to the football guys.

Posted by: BEEPEE | February 15, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Given Redskins players history with knives, you would think Banks would know better.

Posted by: fishndude | February 15, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

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