Avid Bengals supporter Nick Lachey admits he got into a heated exchange with a Chargers fan Sunday in San Diego, but denies trying to choke the guy.
A report surfaced earlier this week alleging that the 39-year-old singer not only unleashed a profane tirade at the fan's wife but got physical with him.
Not the case, says Nick, whose rep put out the following statement to quell the rumors:
"This was a verbal exchange between sports fans of opposing teams that went too far."
"While Nick isn't proud of what happened, he did not choke anyone or use defamatory language to any women at the stadium - which the video tape clearly supports."
"Nick and his friends were interviewed by police outside the stadium and released with no charges filed. We categorically deny any accusations that say otherwise."
So what purportedly went down?
Cincinnati native Lachey and his pals were sitting in between a bunch of Chargers fans in San Diego, exchanging "friendly trash talk here and there between fans."
Later, as the game heated up, one of the Chargers fans supposedly had "a little too much to drink" and "decided to make a scene," according to a witness.
The fan in question reportedly stood up and started pointing his finger at Lachey, which prompted some of the man's companions to apologize on his behalf.
The source says that at that point, Lachey and his group decided to leave.
On they way out, they purportedly chatted with security and police about the incident, but at no point, we're told, was Lachey or his group escorted out.
Nevertheless, Nick himself did tweet on Sunday, "Just got kicked out of the chargers stadium and couldn't be prouder! Go Cincy Bengals! #whodey!"
He later added, "For the record, i was not kicked out of the chargers game for excessive trash talking. no, that honor belonged to the guy in front of me!"
"I simply don't appreciate someone turning around and putting their finger in my face."
However he happened to leave the facility, Lachey managed to find a silver lining Sunday afternoon: Cincinnati hung on for a 20-13 victory over host S.D.