PLEASANTON — Police are investigating a fight between a former Oakland Raiders tight end and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty that took place after a youth football practice.
Pleasanton police Sgt. Jim Knox would not comment on incident detail but said Monday that his department will issue a report in the a week or two and determine whether to recommend charges. "It is an active investigation, and we are looking into it," he said.
However, Haggerty is talking about the incident. He said the altercation happened about four weeks ago and ended with him in a neck brace for two weeks, and it involved ex-Raiders tight end Jeremy Brigham,
Haggerty said the incident began innocuously when he came to his son's youth football team practice at Foothill High School in Pleasanton. Brigham, who played for the Raiders from 1998 to 2001, coaches the team. Haggerty was an assistant until Brigham fired him for missing a film session.
Haggerty said he did not raise any issues over the firing, but he attended the team's next game to watch his son play. Two days later, Haggerty said he went to a team practice to get his son and was attacked by Brigham. Brigham could not be reached Monday for comment.
Brigham told Haggerty that an opposing coach had told him that Haggerty had given away the team's plays. Haggerty said the coach was joking, but Brigham did not catch on to the joke.
"I did not give any plays away," said Haggerty, adding that he does not even know the team's plays.
Haggerty said Brigham knocked his BlackBerry out of his hand, bent him over a four-foot fence, then punched him in the back of the head.
A call to Mike Shevelson, the Pleasanton Junior Football League's vice president, was not returned.
Haggerty said he eventually drove to the hospital and gave a police report. Haggerty said Brigham was suspended for one game, and he volunteered to stay away for his son's next game. During that game, Haggerty's son suffered a serious neck injury and was taken by aircraft to a hospital.
"I'm still really, really emotional about it," Haggerty said. "My son is airlifted to a hospital, and I wasn't there. It was the first football game I missed in five years."