Calgary Flame centre Brett Sutter was in a drunken stupor when he sucker-punched a cabbie in an unprovoked attack outside an Arizona nightclub, cops say.
The 23-year-old son of Flames GM Darryl Sutter was arrested Thursday and charged with simple assault after the alleged attack outside the upscale American Junkie bar in Scottsdale.
A police report claims it all began when Sutter punched a man for no reason and ended with an officer allowing Sutter to go back to sleep in a jail cell after determining the pro athlete was in no state to be questioned.
In an incident report, Scottsdale police officer Simon Cesereo said he saw several bouncers tackle Sutter outside the bar about 2 a.m. and a taxi driver nearby "holding his mouth spitting blood all over the street."
Bouncer Danny Hegg said he escorted Sutter from the club for being "disorderly and extremely intoxicated.
"Hegg said Sutter struck (the alleged victim) in the face for no reason and kept walking by like nothing happened," the report states.
Officers said Sutter had difficulty talking and they had to assist him walk to the cop car and then into the jail.
"The man was obviously intoxicated," Cesereo wrote.
"He was apologizing ... (stating) 'I'm sorry I put you guys through this, I am usually not like this and I am embarrassed.'"
Not long after Sutter apparently nodded off on a jail-cell floor and was in no state to chat.
"(He) seemed upset that I woke him," Cesereo wrote.
"He also seemed dazed and confused ... stared at me with a blank look on his face."
The officer chose to let Sutter return to his slumber.
The Flames are rallying behind the young pro, noting he is embarrassed by the incident.
Jay Feaster, assistant Flames GM, said Sutter is "shook up" and "clearly feels bad about putting everyone in this situation.
"This is totally out of character for this player," he said.
"That's not who and what Brett is. We are going to do everything we can to support him."
Flames president Ken King called Sutter "a fine young man" and the case "very troubling," while suggesting media over-reacted with its reports.
"This is out of character for him," King said.
"We don't know what took place yet. We're not in the punishment business, we're in the business of understanding."
Flames coach and Brett's uncle, Brent Sutter, said Friday's focus was on the game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
"Everything else will take care of itself," he said.
Sutter is anticipated to enter a plea -- something a lawyer can do on his behalf -- at a Nov. 30 hearing in Scottsdale.
-- With files from Renato Gandia