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Posted: Thursday, December 31, 2009 3:26 pm | Updated: 1:27 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Authorities say Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and his younger brother, who's a prospect with the New York Yankees, were arrested following a brawl in the lounge area of Phoenix's NBA arena.

Phoenix police say the 30-year-old Gerald Laird was cited for assault Wednesday night and 22-year-old Brandon Laird was cited for disorderly conduct.

Police say the Lairds and a third man were arrested after the 9 p.m. incident at US Airways Arena during the Phoenix Suns-Boston Celtics game.

Police say arena security previously contacted the group of men about their loud behavior. Two of the men were allowed back into the lounge after a conversation with security, but a melee broke out shortly afterward and the Laird brothers allegedly assaulted the security guards.

Gerald Laird lives in suburban Peoria in the offseason. Brandon Laird is considered one of the top infield prospects in the Yankees' farm system and played for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League this year.

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