Two men were stabbed to death early Saturday at a Nashville bar and one of the victims was the brother of NFL quarterback CJ Beathard, authorities said.
Nashville Police said 22-year-old Clayton Beathard and 21-year-old Paul Trapeni were stabbed in a fight at 2:50 am outside the Dogwood Bar & Grill.
Police said an argument began over a woman inside the bar and turned into a larger fight involving more people outside.
Beathard and Trapeni were stabbed in their sides, according to authorities. A third stabbing victim was treated and released from a hospital.
Police say they are searching for suspects in the stabbings.
NFL world rocked by tragedy
The 49ers organisation was “shocked and deeply saddened” to hear of Beathard's death, the team said in a release.
“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to C.J. and the entire Beathard family as they cope with the unthinkable loss of a loved one,” the team said.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said he spent an hour with Beathard after news of the death reached the 49ers quarterback.
"There's not much you can say," he said after the 49ers’ win on Saturday.
"You just try to hold a person and be there for him. We tried to figure it out, what we could do and the quickest way to get him to his family.
“But that was probably my first time in a situation like that, but I think it's exactly what anybody would expect. There's nothing to say, and it's as tragic and as sad of a thing that can happen."
CJ Beathard started 10 games between 2017 and 2018 for the 49ers. He's currently second-string behind Jimmy Garoppolo.
My heart goes out to you and your family brother @cjbeathard 🙏🏾— Christian Kirksey (@Kirko58) December 22, 2019
Praying for CJ Beathard and his family. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) December 21, 2019
Clay was my childhood best friend, we played every little league game together until we got to middle school. We hungout every weekend when we were kids. Clay, lived an hero & died an hero. I will forever be grateful for the Beathard family. Love you @cjbeathard #FlyhighClay 😇 https://t.co/95xdHV7OBV— Tyrel Dodson (@tdots25) December 22, 2019
Tragic news: Clay Beathard (brother of #49ers QB CJ Beathard) stabbed to death outside Nashville bar overnite. 22 year-old was QB at #LongIslandUniversity. #NashvillePD still searching for suspect. Clay is grandson of #NFL Hall of Fame exec Bobby Beathard. pic.twitter.com/CCapHlW0H5— Raj Mathai (@rajmathai) December 21, 2019
The 49ers have had some really emotional postgame locker room moments. Two weeks ago in New Orleans, it was the one-year remembrance of Tony York and John York's speech about his son. Tonight, in the wake of CJ Beathard's loss, it was even more emotional.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) December 22, 2019
Horrifying news as CJ Beathard's youngest brother Clayton was stabbed to death last night. https://t.co/U4SD4lVU2C— David Eickholt (@DavidEickholt) December 21, 2019
George Kittle has been with CJ Beathard since their Freshman years in college playing at Iowa.— TheSFNiners (@TheSFNiners) December 22, 2019
Kittle is extremely close with the Beathard family and he gets emotional as today was a very hard day for those who knew Clayton Beathard. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/VbTS6jlKsR