LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas regulators say the nightclub where Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden was involved in a fight last week violated alcohol rules by allowing the 20-year-old tailback inside.
Alcoholic Beverage Control director Michael Langley said Ernie Biggs piano bar in downtown Little Rock will be cited for allowing someone younger than 21 into a private club that doesn't serve food. Club managers said McFadden was at first turned away, but then let in to briefly meet a group of people.
McFadden, who was not arrested but was handcuffed for a time, and at least four others were at the downtown bar when the disturbance broke out. A bouncer was hit in the face trying to get the group to leave.
Arkansas Health Dept. spokesman Ed Barham said the bar also was in violation of the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act. The law bans smoking in restaurants and bars. Barham said establishments can apply for a waiver, but Ernie Biggs had not done so. He said the bar likely won't be fined for the one instance.