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Raheem Brock Arrest -- Philly Cheesesteak Defense

6/21/2011 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NFL badass Raheem Brock tells TMZ he did NOT skip out on a restaurant bill in Philly last week -- insisting his arrest was a big misunderstanding stemming from a sudden craving for cheesesteak.
 
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The Seattle Seahawks defensive end tells us ... the drama began after Raheem, his cousin and a female friend went to the Copacabana restaurant to order some food Thursday night.

Brock says after the group placed the order, Brock's female friend decided she would rather get a cheesesteak from a place across the street ... so she and Brock walked over while Raheem's cousin waited at Copacabana. But when they returned to the Cope ... the waitress wouldn't let them bring the cheesesteak inside.


Brock says his group canceled their food order and left ... thinking everything was cool -- until the cops arrived to the scene and told Brock he'd been accused of running out on the bill.

Brock says he offered to pay $40 for the $27 bill ... but the manager refused to accept payment. Raheem was then arrested on suspicion of theft of services and resisting arrest.

Brock tells TMZ, "While I was in 'cuffs, I explained to the manager that I own restaurants ... and if there's a policy about paying for food that hasn't come out ... then it should have been explained to us before we left."

A rep for the Copacabana had no comment.

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16.

Spencer B in MD    

Brock placed an order and then left..? Without even notifying the waitress that he was cancelling the order..? They obviously were in the kitchen preparing the order so Brock should have to pay for it!
Some people just don't like behaving by the rules. Ever.


Period.

1158 days ago
17.

Mika    

I know im late but that site balleraddict(com) is unreal <-- golddiggers will never cease to amaze me

1158 days ago
18.

sellmyoldclothes    

@scientific

you've never been to philly, have you?

you're the racist.

1158 days ago
19.

Sundae    

1. I've eaten at both places - just depends on what you are craving which is better. ( Johnny Rockets is wayyyyyy better than both)
2. He was asked to pay the bar tab and refused. (or really the female in the party refused and he went along)
3.Publicity? Really - maybe what it is about is someone who thinks they can get away with crap because they throw a ball around.
4. If it were you or me, the same thing would have happened.

1158 days ago
20.

ShawNette Blevins    

Maybe he should be made to do some PSA like Nene Leakes. She may be a bully but she does do some good for some folks. I just happen to see this on www.sicklecelldisease.org. Check it out!!!

1158 days ago
21.

Mika    

I know im late but that site balleraddict(com) is unreal <-- golddiggers will never cease to amaze me

1158 days ago
22.

mike    

The owner needed the publicity. All this over $27 bucks. He knew who this guy was and wanted to take it to another level. The owner is a jerk for not taking the money and the police are bigger morons for the arrest. Then it is Philly and that should explain it all.

1158 days ago
23.

Misse    

Jims is FAR better than Copa... GOOD CHOICE BROCK

GO BIRDS

1158 days ago
24.

Scientific    

@sellmyoldclothes

Obviously you can't tell when people are joking...next time I'll add an LOL so you know for sure..sorry I didn't dumb it down for you.

1158 days ago
25.

AF    

f*ck....now i want a cheesesteak.

1158 days ago
26.

Mike44090    

Well, It's a better story than Lindsay Lohan came up with.

1158 days ago
27.

niles    

I'm sure that these people were beligerent and had the manners of beasts raised in a barn. Add to that the arrogance of being a "star" athlete, and you a recipe for trouble.

1158 days ago
28.

HSisadick    

Brock tells TMZ, "While I was in 'cuffs, I explained to the manager that I own restaurants ... and if there's a policy about paying for food that hasn't come out ... then it should have been explained to us before we left."

Really? How old are you? 7? Pleassseeeee.......

1158 days ago
29.

Puckett    

The chick made the right call. Who wants to eat at some place called "Copabanana" when you can get a real Philly cheesesteak right across the street? I mean really!? No brainer...

1158 days ago
30.

karlew    

Late night Toronto and you're not only charged for food that hasn't come out but you're paying for it up front. It's a little insulting but it stops this crap from happening.

1158 days ago
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