Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 7/29/13

As Paul Harvey used to say ‘…and now the rest of the story.’ Yesterday, we told you about Texas Rangers relief pitcher Tanner Scheppers being unavailable on Friday night for the team’s extra-inning loss to the Cleveland Indians because he was reportedly mugged and caught off-guard by a sucker punch outside the team’s hotel. Well, a little more information has funneled out since then, as supposed witnesses said that isn’t exactly how it all went down. According to the Cleveland Scene, Scheppers wasn’t some innocent bystander that was taken advantage of in downtown Cleveland by some common street thugs: Scene spoke to a witness to the “sucker punch,” and there are more than a few discrepancies between his story and that of Tanner. First, it was at 2:30 a.m. outside of Panini’s on W. 6th. Second, Tanner was a verbal instigator. He was with Joe Nathan, A.J. Pierzynski, and, according to our tipster, a bunch of girls. He had been jawing back and forth for a few minutes before the physical altercation took place. “He lost a bar fight,” says the witness. “He had 10 chances to walk away before this happened.” Maybe that’s why he didn’t file a police [...]

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