Steelers-Bengals brawl suspects plead not guilty

Posted at 2:22 PM, Jan 10, 2016

CINCINNATI -- Two men remained behind bars and four more faced charges Monday after a brawl erupted following the highly emotional Wild Card playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium.

Of course, NFL logos and jerseys were visible in the accused men's mug shots. Of the six, half were Bengals fans, the other three Steelers fans.

Jared McCarty, 19, Martin Cooke, 33, David Grillo, 25, Tyler Matthys, 21, Phillip Ross, 29, and Andrew Robles, 28, were all accused and arrested for assaults during and following Sunday's game.

Grillo, Matthis and Rolbes all posted bond, while Cooke and McCartey were held in lockup Monday morning. Ross submitted a written plea but was not in court. All six pleaded not guilty.

McCarty was also charged with carrying a fake ID, underage consumption of alcohol and theft. Police records said the 19-year-old "admitted to consuming alcohol and striking the victim (a woman) in the face."

Matthys, from Westville, Indiana, was also accused of striking a woman in the face at Paul Brown Stadium, according to a Hamilton County affidavit.

Officers observed Grillo throwing a beer can at a Bengals fan, according to the complaint file. The victim suffered facial lacerations.

Robles, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, struck a woman in the head as he was being escorted out of the game by police, officers said.

Police said Ross -- of Cheviot -- head-butted a man in the face at the stadium. (His forehead has a distinct red mark in his mug shot.)

Cooke was issued a warrant for disorderly conduct in addition to the assault charge. A police report on Cooke's arrest said he "exposed himself" to a witness and "urinated on another (person) in public."

Matthys and Robles were wearing Steelers jerseys in their mug shots. According to the other suspects' Facebook pages, McCarty and Ross are avid Bengals fans (sporting Bengals jerseys in their profile photos). Cooke, who also goes by the alias "Jared," was wearing a Bengals hoodie at the time of the urination altercation, according to police records. 

Grillo's page indicates that he is a proud Pittsburgh fan, born and bred.