Two brothers have been charged with felonious assault after a bar fight at early Monday morning resulted in two bouncers being stabbed with a fork and knife.
Cmdr. Terry Kiernan said the brothers — Tre Lenard Wright, 19, of Detroit and Earl Jerome Wright, 28, of Lathrup Village — were arraigned in 48th District Court late Monday afternoon.
According to Kiernan, South Bar bouncers were trying to break up a large fight in the back part of the bar and restaurant around 2 a.m. Monday. Suddenly, according to police reports, one bouncer realized he had been stabbed in the neck with a fork and began trying to detain the man, Tre Wright, who had stabbed him.
Meanwhile, another man — Earl Wright, Kiernan said — stabbed a second bouncer in the hand with a pocket knife, slicing his hand open.
According to police reports, the bouncers chased the two men through the bar and outside, where Birmingham police were already gathered to monitor the large crowd leaving the bar. Earl Wright ran through the glass railing surrounding South's front porch. He shattered the glass and fell to the sidewalk, where he was stopped by police, reports state.
Meanwhile, police continued chasing the Tre Wright into the street, where he too was eventually apprehended. Both bouncers were taken to William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, where they were treated and released early this morning.
Kiernan said police aren't exactly sure whether the original fight is linked to the two men's motives for attacking the bouncers, noting that even though bouncers identified two primary "sides" to the fight, they told police they aren't sure who was involved and why they were fighting.
My Fox Detroit reported that the two men were part of an entourage connected with New York Jets wide receiver and Detroit native Braylon Edwards. In fact, according to a report in the Birmingham Eccentric, the brothers are reported to be Edwards' cousins.
Kiernan said Birmingham police didn't talk or see Edwards at the bar, but a tweet sent from Edwards' Twitter account that evening read "Damn. Get ya knuckles ready" and "Don't fight if. You don't know how."
Edwards later said his Twitter account had been hacked. Kiernan said police aren't sure whether the entourage claim is correct, though he said Tre Wright told police "I know Braylon Edwards." South Bar, meanwhile, released a statement Wednesday saying "Braylon was present and involved" with the fight, though they declined to say any more.
Earl Wright was released on $20,000 bond while the Tre Wright was released on $5,000 bond. Earl Wright gave false information to police upon his arrest, claiming his named was Edmund Jerrell Wright and he was 22 years old. Fingerprints later revealed him to be Earl Wright and 28.