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Lindsey brothers acquitted of bar brawl charges

USC football players Dustin Lindsey, left, and Jordin Lindsey pose with Justin Albers, 8, of Laurens during the 8th annual Evening with the Gamecocks, an event for children with cancer and their families. The event is hosted by the USC football team along with Children's Chance, an organization for children under 18 with cancer. Albers suffers from a spinal cord tumor.
USC football players Dustin Lindsey, left, and Jordin Lindsey pose with Justin Albers, 8, of Laurens during the 8th annual Evening with the Gamecocks, an event for children with cancer and their families. The event is hosted by the USC football team along with Children's Chance, an organization for children under 18 with cancer. Albers suffers from a spinal cord tumor.

Former South Carolina football players Jordin and Dustin Lindsey have been acquitted of all charges that stemmed from a barroom brawl near their hometown of Mobile, Ala., last Labor Day weekend.

A municipal court judge on Dauphin Island found the twin brothers and their father not guilty in a bench trial that lasted three hours Monday evening, according to Dauphin Island municipal court clerk Stacy Mallon.

The Lindsey brothers and their father faced a total of 10 assault and disorderly conduct charges following a Sept. 4 fight at the Oarhouse Bar & Grill that left several people injured, including a man who required surgery to his broken nose.

Mallon said neither of the brothers testified in the trial, although Billy Lindsey, their 49-year-old father, took the stand.

Jim Harper, the Lindseys' attorney, said the Lindseys had paid their tab and were leaving the crowded bar in Dauphin Island when the fight started. Harper said the complainants' testimony did not match previous statements give in the case.

Jordin Lindsey said Wednesday the fight broke out after a man pushed one of the Lindseys' friends.

"It's kind of like they picked a fight with the wrong people," said Jordin Lindsey, adding he was confident he would be cleared when he heard the testimony.

"None of their stories matched," he said.

The Lindseys, who live and work in Columbia, played at USC from 2004-08.

This was not their first bar fight.

Jordin Lindsey was stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle during a 2007 altercation after leaving a Five Points bar. Dustin Lindsey was charged with disorderly conduct and trespass after notice for his role in a fight in another Five Points pub.

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