According to a report from TMZ, Detroit Lions RB C.J. Anderson was investigated for a youth football altercation.
C.J. was coaching a 14-and-under team at a 7-on-7 event in Cypress, Texas back on March 2 when cops say he got into a spat with a referee over an on-field call.
A Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson tells TMZ Sports, Anderson allegedly got face-to-face with the 38-year-old official … and a verbal argument ensued.
We’re told 28-year-old Anderson and the ref really went at each other — complete with chest bumping and mutual contact.
At some point during the heated confrontation, cops say the ref alleged Anderson ripped a whistle out of his mouth and threw it on the ground, causing him to have a sore lip and watery eyes.
We’re told the ref refused to continue officiating the tournament until Anderson left … but after Anderson complied with that demand, the ref still went to cops.
We’re told the ref was seeking an assault charge against the 5’8″, 225-pound NFL player … which kicked off a police investigation that lasted 3 months.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, several witnesses were interviewed … but there was no consensus on whether Anderson ripped the whistle from the ref’s mouth. Some witnesses said Anderson merely took the whistle from the ref’s hand.
We’re told the case went in front of a grand jury … but according to the spokesperson, “The Harris County District Attorney’s Office declined charges stating there was insufficient evidence supporting a charge.”
We reached out to Anderson for comment on the incident, and he told us, “There were no charges because I never touched the man.”
Anderson says it was actually the ref’s fault for escalating the situation … adding the ref was NOT allowed back at the tournament the next day while he was.
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