Redskins Player Assaulted Outside DC Nightclub

By Peter DePaolis

Last week, Washington Redskins kick-punt returner Brandon Banks suffered superficial knife wounds in an assault outside a Washington, D.C. nightclub. His agent said he continues to progress in his recovery. The hospital has since released the football player. Banks was with a friend who also suffered injuries in the assault.

Banks and his friend got into an altercation with a man outside the nightclub at approximately 3 a.m. The man and Banks’ friend began arguing and eventually fighting. Banks and a nightclub bouncer attempted to break up the fight when the man took out a knife. Banks suffered a stab wound to the upper left abdomen resulting in a collapsed lung. His friend suffered multiple stab wounds in the face and body.

Washington, D.C. police arrested the assailant and charged him with assault and intent to kill. The United States Attorney’s office, however, reduced the charge to assault with a dangerous weapon.

The Washington Redskins said team officials continue to offer their support, and Banks’ teammates have reached out to him. Doctors removed a tube in Banks’ left lung and he should be able to resume normal activities in three to four weeks. Banks’ agent said there is no damage or residual effects from the assault, and he should make a full recovery. His friend is also recovering nicely.

If you suffer injuries in an assault, an experienced Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer can help you pursue the civil claim. Contact Paulette Chapman, a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.