Saints LB Coleman arrested for simple battery at Louisiana casino

FRANKLIN, La. -- Chitimacha Tribe police say the arrest of rookie New Orleans Saints linebacker and former LSU standout Harry Coleman stemmed from the player shoving someone out of the way at a casino.

Chitimacha police chief Blaise Smith says Coleman was leaving a tribal casino in St. Mary Parish early Sunday when someone, possibly a football fan, approached him.

Smith says Coleman apparently wasn't amused and shoved the person. Although no punches were thrown, Smith says the person filed a complaint and that Coleman cooperated when police told him they needed to book him on a misdemeanor simple battery charge.

Coleman was released without being jailed and remains with the Saints this week during scheduled offseason workouts.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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