San Diego Chargers linebacker Thomas Keiser sued over attack of employee at barleymash

Thomas Keiser attacked employee from behind

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Chargers linebacker Thomas Keiser is being sued by a man he assaulted at a downtown restaurant late last year.

Surveillance video obtained by Team 10 showed the 6-foot-4-inch Keiser waiting for the barleymash employee before attacking him from behind.

The civil lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court says the trouble began the night of Dec. 29, 2013, when Keiser's father was told he was being cut off and would no longer be served alcohol. Despite the warning, Keiser bought a drink for his father anyway.

The bar manager, Joseph Monda, stepped in and told them to leave.

The lawsuit says, "Keiser responded with a profanity-laced verbal tirade before leaving the bar with his father."
 
More than an hour after they were kicked out, Monda saw father and son "lurking" outside before Keiser re-entered the bar. The lawsuit states that Monda lost sight of him. Monda then went to the office and when he opened the door to go back to the bar, he was attacked.

"It was really the video that caused me to take this case on," said Monda's attorney, Michael Vivoli.

Vivoli, a former college football player, said he was "most shocked by the amount of time that elapsed after Mr. Keiser's father was ejected from the bar and the time that he returned to the bar and the amount of time that he sat outside the office, actually just lying in wait for my client."

The lawsuit states Monda suffered "lost wages, pain and suffering [and] emotional distress." He suffered a concussion and to this day, his pupils "remain of a different size as a direct and proximate result of Keiser's vicious and unlawful conduct."

"It's one thing to have a heat of passion, to lose your temper, but it's another thing to come back over an hour after an incident and to lie and wait for somebody for that much time and inflict that kind of injury on somebody who just did absolutely nothing to provoke that," Vivoli said.

Monda filed an unlimited lawsuit, which means he is suing for more than $25,000. Vivoli did not give a specific amount for damages.

Both Keiser's father and his attorney did not return Team 10's calls.

Keiser pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in March. He was sentenced to probation, ordered to pay a fine and complete 20 hours of counseling for anger management.

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