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Panthers owner Vincent Viola accused of punching concession worker in August

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:32:52 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) - Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola, who is taking part in confirmation motions as the Trump Administration's nominee for Secretary of the Army, reportedly punched a concession worker August 2016 at a "high end race horse auction" in Saratoga Springs, New York.

According to the responding officer, Viola allegedly punched a concession worker who allegedly pushed Viola's wife while she was trying to get water for a patron at the auction who had fainted.

However, the incident was closed almost immediately as the man who was allegedly punched by Viola "refused to cooperate."

The incident happened months before the election and Viola's nomination to the position.

Florida Panthers vice president of public relations and communications Thomas Drance refused to comment on the matter, saying the question must be directed to the Trump transition team.

The Trump transition team, for its part, said Viola notified them of the incident early, adding that "Viola will always stand up and defend his wife, and in this case there was a simple disagreement with the matter being dropped and no charges were filed."

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