More on Charlie Davies’s $20 million lawsuit ....
Red Bull North America said: “We do not comment on pending legal matters.”
Through a intermediary, I left a message for Swaptak Das, owner of the Shadow Room nightclub at 21st and K streets Northwest, where the party took place. He did not respond right away.
The parents of the woman killed in the accident have also filed suit against the club and Red Bull, in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, citing negligence and death by wrongful act. As best as I can tell, it’s asking for $40 million.
I gathered additional information from Davies’s attorney, Jon Pels:
“We believe the facts will show, among other things, that Mr. Davies had no interaction with the driver at the Shadow Room and was in a separate room. Without getting into detail, as he was leaving, the driver asked if she and her friend could give him a ride to his hotel. In the hustle and bustle of the lobby as he was walking out -- a split-second decision — he said yes. There was no meaningful time in which Mr. Davies had an opportunity to ‘observe’ the driver; he had no knowledge what she had been drinking or whether she had been drinking. This is to be contrasted with what we believe was an ‘open bar’ in a separate room with what the bar (and others) were able to witness over a protracted period. We believe that it should have never gotten to that point and the defendants should not have continued to serve her alcohol and permitted her to drive.”
He added that “people need to wait to hear the facts and the result of the criminal investigation to understand the lawsuit.”
On a side note....
Completely unrelated but noteworthy because it involves United: This isn’t the first time a DCU player has filed a civil suit. In 2000, Brian Kamler was awarded more than $550,000 for injuries suffered in a 1997 preseason scrimmage.
Kamler had sought $7.3 million in damages from Jake Dancy and the U.S. Soccer Federation stemming from United’s game against the U.S. under-20 national team. Dancy punched Kamler during a midfield confrontation, breaking seven bones in his cheek and around his left eye.
Oh, by the way, United has a pretty important match tonight at RFK Stadium against the Portland Timbers (8 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet). My preview touches on United’s precarious situation, tactical approach and lineup options.