TMZ Sports released video Wednesday reportedly showing Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool kicking a man in the face during a March 13 fight at the Wild Goose Tavern in Costa Mesa, California.
Claypool is said to have joined the brawl to defend one of his friends after an argument about someone throwing money at one of the women inside the bar got out of control and moved outside.
Police were called to the scene, but everyone involved in the fight had already left the area by the time they arrived and no criminal charges have been filed in the case, per TMZ.
Sources close to Claypool told TMZ he was "just trying to protect his friend in a chaotic situation."
The 22-year-old Notre Dame product was seemingly pulled out of the fracas by other people, and both groups involved left the scene "without further incident," according to TMZ.
Claypool was selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft.
The 6'4", 238-pound Canadian recorded 62 catches for 873 yards and nine touchdowns across 16 regular-season appearances as a rookie, and he added two rushing touchdowns. He also hauled in a pair of touchdown catches in the team's playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns.
"I didn't need to worry about the quick start getting to me," Claypool told reporters in December. "I don't want it to change me. I don't think it has."
The NFL hasn't stated whether it will review the situation under the league's personal conduct policy.