Renzo Gracie calls arrest 'a misunderstanding'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Per his lawyer, Renzo Gracie was not available to talk on the phone about the alleged incident involving members of his family and a bouncer at a Manhattan nightclub early Monday morning.

However, he did send MMAFighting.com a statement via text message Tuesday afternoon.

"Everything is a misunderstanding," Gracie said. "We always had a great relationship with that amazing club and all their employees.

"Soon everything will be clear."

The 47-year-old Gracie, his cousin Igor, former UFC fighter Andre Gusmao, WSOF fighter Gregor Gracie, and three others were arrested at 1:30 a.m. Monday morning following an altercation with a 1 OAK bouncer in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan. According to published reports, the bouncer, Craig Molesphini, 35, sustained an elbow injury in the fracas. FOXSports.com reported that Renzo was charged with misdemeanor assault with intent to cause injury.

Renzo Gracie was released early Tuesday morning on $10,000 bail. By Tuesday afternoon, all seven are expected to be released.

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