Haphduzn punch at Nomad World Pub sparks lawsuit

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The Nomad World Pub exploded with light as the last beats from the evening's DJ rang out. For two hours, Emiliano Silva Izquierdo and his wife Cherolyn Fischer had been drinking PBR tall boys and dancing, but now it was time to go home.

Jordan Wallingford, better known as Haphduzn within local hip hop circles, was moonlighting as a bouncer and approached the lingering crowd. By the following spring, he would make a name for himself as the new guy on Atmosphere's Welcome to Minnesota Tour. But in the early hours of a Sunday in December 2012, he had the task of kicking people out.

He approached Silva and told him to leave. Near the exit, Wallingford threw a punch that connected with Silva's mouth.

"That was the only time we actually touched," Silva says. "That in itself broke my jaw in two places."

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What actually happened that night is the subject of a personal injury lawsuit filed in May. Two wildly different narratives have emerged describing the moments leading up to the violence. A trial is set to begin March 24, 2014.

Less than a week after the fight, attorneys for Silva and Fischer sent a letter to the bar declaring their intention to sue and asking it to preserve the night's video surveillance. Speaking on behalf of the Nomad and its owner, attorney Bill Celebrezze declined to comment on the footage, or even confirm whether it still exists.

Silva's and Fischer's tale is a simple one: Wallingford approached, told his 5' 7" adversary to leave, then disappeared into the bathroom. The 6' 6" bouncer returned a minute later, more irritated than before.

"I told you to get the fuck out of here," Wallingford allegedly said.

"Relax," Silva says he responded. "There's no need for that. We're leaving."

Silva was about three feet away when he felt someone on his heels, turned, and met Wallingford's fist. Blood spewed from an open wound in his mouth.

Fischer stepped between them, she says, and the bouncer made a threat. They all moved out to the street, where a shouting match ensued.

Two Minneapolis cops approached to see what all the commotion was about.

"Go home," one of them allegedly told Silva. "Go to bed."

Instead, he went to a hospital, where he underwent the first of two surgeries to repair his jaw. He works as a part-time vocal talent and full-time interpreter at Hennepin County Medical Center. Unable to speak after the punch, he couldn't work.

He will be plagued with several dental problems for the rest of his life, according to the lawsuit: his gums have receded, he now has a cross bite, and part of his lower lip is permanently numb. Fischer, a preschool administrator, had to stay home to care for her husband. Silva also can't fully open his mouth and must rinse after every meal to get food out from under his gums.

"I will never be able to eat a burger again," he says. "There's no money they can pay you for losing the ability to eat the way you used to."

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12 comments
Elliott Snyder
Elliott Snyder

Whether or not he should have punched him, this article claims to represent both sides of the story but is CLEARLY biased.

Erik Seavey
Erik Seavey

They are both responsible. When a bouncer says leave you leave. And a bouncer shouldn't be throwing punches unless he or someone else is in danger.

Derek McMorrow
Derek McMorrow

Jordan is legit, if dude would have left when told to he could still enjoy his burgers, he was running his mouth, the whole article is attacking haphduzn for doing his job. It's tough to be a bouncer these days with all the little pussies running around who like to start shit but can't take shit.

Cal NotPorn McCaskill
Cal NotPorn McCaskill

This dude is full of shit. Haph is a great dude, and he doesn't just bust people up. I don't know how the FUCK this is both sides of the story when you demonize my friend, and make it look like he's some reckless fuck. Haph has been working there for a while, and I doubt he's just randomly breaking jaws. He doesn't need to lie about shit, and $100,000 sounds like some pussy fuck that got upset when he couldn't get away with his white privilege bullshit. Not being able to eat a burger, is not worth $100,000. This dude is obviously some fuckass who is trying to fuck around and set shit up. Based on the facts and none of the opinions, I'd say this dude is a piece of shit. Haph is a good dude.

balance55113
balance55113

Suckers lose a fight and then sue. Ask Silva how many drinks he had??..It will never hold up in court

Taire Marie
Taire Marie

I've seen too many overzealous bouncers in Mpls with a sense of entitlement treating bar patrons minding their own and not being a belligerent drunk ass getting harrassed with no good reason.I dunno what to think about either party,but I'm hard pressed to believe there aren't more people coming forward as witnesses if he was wrongfully punched.I would certainly make my voice heard if I had witnessed such a brutal punch.

Jeff Morin
Jeff Morin

You give me $100,000, and I will take a month off of work and give up cheeseburgers for life!

hadtoreadittwicetoge
hadtoreadittwicetoge

this story is really hard to follow.  why did you use the guys middle name throughout?

Soundgrouch
Soundgrouch

@Cal NotPorn McCaskill This comment is more poorly written than the article. If you claim to be as in support of Jordan as you say you are. Have some composure and leave a more thoughtful than the garbage you did. 

 I am a friend and co worker of Jordan's and this article is pretty biased and really doesn't have much as far as facts. Oh, except for that of one side's criminal past. Having worked in bars for as long as I have I know that if you aren't leaving at bar close you are probably pretty intoxicated. Jordan is sober, person who hasn't left the bar after bar close already is most definitely not. 

scott_j1
scott_j1

@Cal NotPorn McCaskill White privilege?  Isn't Silva hispanic?

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