Members Of The Mavericks Assaulted At A Nashville-Area Bar for Speaking Spanish

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Yeesh, people have lost their minds.

A member of The Mavericks, the Latin-fusion country band best known for their 1996 hit song “All You Ever Do is Bring Me Down,” says he and a friend were assaulted this weekend at a bar in Franklin, Tennessee on Saturday night.

In an Instagram post, lead singer Raul Malo’s wife Betty shared that trumpet player Lorenzo Molina Ruiz and a friend were waiting for a table at Tony’s Eat and Drink in Franklin when they were approached and attacked by two men who told the pair to “speak fucking English.” Betty Malo said that while Ruiz is “fine,” his friend Orlando Morales is “horrifically hurt” with a broken nose, orbital bones, internal bleeding and a concussion.

Malo also shared photos of the pair, showing a bloody Morales in a hospital bed after the attack.

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Late Saturday night/Sunday morning @molinalorenzo and his friend were jumped and brutally beaten while waiting in line to use the bathroom. Their friends who were waiting at the table were approached by 2 men and said “Speak Fucking English. You’re in America”. The bar TONY’S EAT AND DRINK located in Cool Springs, TN did nothing about it. They actually kicked Lorenzo out and his friend. They begged for help or at least for the bar to call the police but the bouncers refused and threaten to beat their asses if they didn’t leave. Lorenzo is fine but his friend Orlando is horrifically hurt. He has a broken nose, orbital bones, internal bleeding, and concussion. They filed a police report but it still has not been posted on line. We retained an attorney and will proceed forward trying to hold the group of racist individuals accountable! Tony’s Eat and Drink are complicit too. Shame on you. We will be setting up a #gofundme account for both Lorenzo and Orlando. I’m terrified! @the_mavericks just put out a Latin record! Is @raulmalo01 going to get beat up for singing in Spanish? Will the venue let the assailants get away with it? Ugh! This sucks! #useyourvoice #stophatecrimes #trumpet #trumpetplayer #themavericks

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The band has also shared the photos on its Instagram account, noting that the attack comes during Hispanic Heritage Month and “shows that although we’ve come a long way, we still have a long way to go.”

Tuesday afternoon, Franklin police released photos of the suspects and asked for the public’s help in identifying and tracking them down. According to the police, an investigation is still underway and the case is being investigated as a felony aggravated assault. The department did not respond to questions from The Tennessean when asked whether the assault was being investigated as a hate crime.

Betty Malo also claims in her post that the bar “did nothing about” the assault, and actually kicked the victims out and threatened to “beat their asses if they didn’t leave,” a claim that Tony’s Eat and Drink denied in a statement released Tuesday.

In regards to the unfortunate event that occurred at our establishment over the weekend, we are doing everything we can…

Posted by Tony's Eat & Drink on Tuesday, October 6, 2020

In the meantime, Ruiz has started a fundraiser for his friend that has already raised over $22,000 to help Morales with his medical bills as a result of the attack.

I know 2020 has been a rough year and everybody’s on edge and angry over pretty much everything, but this is just disgusting. We’ve got to do better than this.

Thoughts and prayers to Ruiz and Morales for a speedy recovery, and hopefully the police catch the shitbags that did this sooner rather than later.

We don’t need people like that in our community.

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