Dynamo player cleared in night club incident


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on March 10, 2014 at 5:04 PM

HOUSTON – Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric has been cleared of all charges in the Feb. 4, 2012 incident at Roosevelt Lounge.

In a counter claim brought by Deric, the Roosevelt Lounge settled with Dynamo player paying him an undisclosed amount of money and issuing a letter of apology to him, according to a press release.

On Monday in open court, Houston Police Officer Ramon Perez, who was suing Deric, dismissed the last remaining civil charges. Perez had sued Deric for injuries to his arms and knees following the altercation at the night club.

Deric invited friends and teammates to join him back in 2012 for a pre-season gathering at the Roosevelt. When the group approached the doorman at the club, they were denied entry because the doorman said the group had “too many black guys.”

Deric, who is white, and his companions were outraged by the doorman and verbally confronted the Roosevelt employee at the door.

Perez responded by pulling out his asp baton and physically confronting the group. After a small skirmish, the group started to leave the premises.

Perez and his colleague followed Deric off the property, and there the other off-duty officer pulled out a taser gun and stunned the Dynamo player.

One of Deric’s teammates, Warren Creavalle, pulled out his cell phone to video the incident just after the taser was deployed, and Creavalle was immediately arrested for “interference.”

Those charges were quickly dropped.

That night, Perez criminally charged Deric with felony assault of a public servant, and the Harris County Grand Jury later no-billed those charges.

Perez then filed a civil law suit against Deric claiming he suffered injuries at the hands of Dynamo player.

Deric, in turn, sued the Roosevelt Lounge as a defendant for starting the whole event. The Roosevelt paid Deric an undisclosed amount of money to settle his claim for the injuries from the taser event.

Additionally, the owner of the Roosevelt Lounge issued a letter of apology to Dynamo player for what both Deric and his family was put through.

“I am grateful that Tyler’s good name and reputation in our community remain intact. As the truth has come out, it is clear that Tyler Deric was the real victim in this case,” said Deric’s attorney Randy Sorrels after the dismissal. “The fact that he stood up against the racial prejudice exhibited against his teammates at the Roosevelt and never back down from the truth is a testament to his character and resolve.”

Sorrels went on to note, “The Houston Dynamo and the entire city of Houston should be proud of this homegrown athlete’s courage to fight against racial prejudice in our court system to the end.”