DC United's Davies sues club, Red Bull over crash

By JESSICA GRESKO | October 22, 2011 | 6:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. United's Charlie Davies is suing a Washington nightclub and the drink company Red Bull for $20 million, claiming they are responsible for causing a fatal car crash that ended the MLS player's hopes of joining the 2010 U.S. World Cup team.

Davies was a passenger in the car driven by a man who has since pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and drunken driving in the one-car crash that killed another passenger.

Davies' lawsuit claims the Shadow Room and drink company served excessive alcohol to the driver. Davies broke a number of bones and suffered a lacerated bladder in the 2009 crash, making him unable to play in the World Cup.

A Red Bull spokesman had no comment and the club's chief operating officer did not immediately respond to telephone messages Wednesday.