KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Tony McDaniel has settled a civil lawsuit lingering since his playing days at Tennessee over a fight during a pickup basketball game.
Edward Goodrich, a student at Tennessee, sued McDaniel for breaking four bones in his face when McDaniel punched him after the game at a campus gym in 2005.
Goodrich sued for $800,000 in damages. A settlement was reached Monday night, hours before the case was to go to trial. Terms were not disclosed.
``I can tell you the case is resolved to everybody's satisfaction,'' McDaniel's attorney, Dallas Reynolds, told The Knoxville News Sentinel. ``I think everybody's happy that it's over with.''
McDaniel, now 23, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and served supervised probation. He decided to give up his senior season at Tennessee and enter the NFL draft after Goodrich sued in 2006.
Reynolds said McDaniel has apologized to Goodrich.
``They've been forced to interact with each other during the process of getting the case ready for trial,'' Reynolds said. ``They've interacted and they're cordial with each other, and I know that Tony apologized to him in person.''
McDaniel, a Columbia, S.C., native, played in four games this season for the Jaguars before a wrist injury put the defensive tackle on injured reserve in October.
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