Panthers' Vernon Butler accused of pushing woman down stairs

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Dallas woman has filed a Class C assault complaint against Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Vernon Butler, telling Dallas police the 2016 first-round draft pick pushed her down some stairs in a nightclub incident earlier this month.

The woman made the complaint to the South Central Patrol Station at 3:15 p.m. on July 19, a Dallas police spokesperson told ESPN on Tuesday. The incident occurred on July 14 at 2 a.m., according to the woman's report.

The woman told police she was involved in a verbal altercation with Butler at which point he "threw a drink in her face and pushed her'' down some stairs. The woman was not injured, according the spokesperson.

Butler, the 30th pick of the 2016 draft out of Louisiana Tech, is scheduled to report to training camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Wednesday with the rest of his teammates.

"We just learned of the allegations involving defensive tackle Vernon Butler and we are in the process of gathering more information,'' team spokesperson Steven Drummond said.

Butler is part of Carolina's four-man rotation at defensive tackle with Kawann Short, Dontari Poe and Kyle Love.

A Class C assault is considered a misdemeanor and carries a maximum fine of $500.
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