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Whitner Vows To File A Lawsuit Over Tasering

Bills safety Donte Whitner doesn’t think he should have been Tasered in connection with a Saturday morning arrest.
And he feels strongly enough about the topic to sue over it.
I’m filing a lawsuit today against the police department,” Whitner said Saturday, according to CBS 19 in Cleveland.
Whitner also declared his innocence, and said that “nothing really happened.”
He was arrested for aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest while celebrating the birthday of former Ohio State teammate Ted Ginn, currently a receiver with the Dolphins.
After Whitner made his comments to CBS 19, agent Neil Cornrich issued on Whitner’s behalf the following statement, which assumes a decidedly different tone: “I regret the incident that occurred last evening. It is not how I wish to conduct myself and I apologize to all those involved.”

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31 Responses to “Whitner Vows To File A Lawsuit Over Tasering”
  1. DonBeGood says: Apr 11, 2009 9:22 PM

    Genius!! This is why they brought T.Owens, to take the heat off of the Buffalo Bills Convicts….Genius move. I like it.

  2. deanezag says: Apr 11, 2009 9:27 PM

    punk

  3. bobinpr says: Apr 11, 2009 9:30 PM

    You sue the police Whitner. Show them who is the boss. Let them know that they messed with the wrong person this time.

  4. roscoeparrishfan1994 says: Apr 11, 2009 9:33 PM

    Atta boy. nuthin better than the words disorderly conduct and resisting arrest on your resume

  5. Eddie Drycleaner says: Apr 11, 2009 9:33 PM

    “don’t Tase me bro!”
    Am I the only one that says that phrase at least twice a day when I’m frustrated?

  6. mohak10 says: Apr 11, 2009 9:34 PM

    Man, These guys suck at spin control! I hate to say it but the only agent that I can think of right now who has a consistent approach to avoiding such contradicting situations is Drew Rosenhaus.

  7. dustindmw says: Apr 11, 2009 9:37 PM

    He’s just trying to save face at this point. He’s black, so of course the police must be at fault…. right? Funny how that one works. Hopefully somebody got it on video, according to your other post he was behaving violently and had it coming.

  8. vegas42 says: Apr 11, 2009 9:37 PM

    Maybe Whitner and his agent should speak to one another before either of them goes to a media outlet?

  9. Osterhouse says: Apr 11, 2009 9:49 PM

    FIGHT THE POWER! Def wouldnt be suprised if he was tased unneccesarily. Especially considering he is a young ripped black guy in front of a night club. The guy that tased him was probably a 165lb bean pole right out of the academy or some old fat guy with a mustache that felt intimidated

  10. Sparrowhawk says: Apr 11, 2009 10:02 PM

    Cornrich’s job is to get his client the best possible contract offer, so I wouldn’t expect him to issue a combative statement. If Whitner was tasered for no reason other than an overly zealous policeman wanting to test out the equipment we might see another attorney getting an offer for client Whitner.
    Some punks wear badges.

  11. Sparrowhawk says: Apr 11, 2009 10:10 PM

    Many taser incidents are an unnecessary use of force. Just because an athlete gets tasered doesn’t mean that he had it coming. Hopefully it is on tape and if the cop is in the wrong he will be able to flip burgers next to the jerk from the Dallas P.D..

  12. Sparrowhawk says: Apr 11, 2009 10:14 PM

    If it’s an unnecessary use of force and it’s on tape the cop will be able to flip burgers next to the jerk from the Dallas P.D..

  13. deanezag says: Apr 11, 2009 10:39 PM

    “Many taser incidents are an unnecessary use of force. Just because an athlete gets tasered doesn’t mean that he had it coming. Hopefully it is on tape and if the cop is in the wrong he will be able to flip burgers next to the jerk from the Dallas P.D.. ”
    if it gets to teh point where the cop has to take out a taser gun then its their own fault.

  14. philwauke says: Apr 11, 2009 11:00 PM

    shocking!!!!

  15. tiktokdok says: Apr 11, 2009 11:14 PM

    And the thug will probably win.
    So much for our legal system.

  16. Sparrowhawk says: Apr 11, 2009 11:19 PM

    “if it gets to teh point where the cop has to take out a taser gun then its their own fault.”
    Tell Ryan Moats that. He had a gun pulled on him by an over zealous cop. I guess he must have had it coming because his mother-in-law was dying in the hospital.

  17. theVIC says: Apr 11, 2009 11:30 PM

    Cue all the imbeciles who will start going on about how cops are total good guys and there’s no possible way a cop could ever be a prick who gets on a power trip and uses his taser excessively.

  18. cobrakai says: Apr 11, 2009 11:35 PM

    Who knows what really happened but you have to appreciate the insanely stupid conflicting statements of Whitner and his agent. Thats not how I conduct myself and I’m suing, did these two raging morons even talk?

  19. Elaw6 says: Apr 11, 2009 11:37 PM

    Where is Lovelle Mixon when you need him?

  20. djarrodw says: Apr 11, 2009 11:53 PM

    These guys in the league are lucky I ain’t the Commish….”Zero Tolerance” would be an UNDERSTATEMENT!!!

  21. abh188 says: Apr 12, 2009 12:36 AM

    Granted I am a Bills fan, but this doesn’t seem to pass the sniff test. The article said the police were there to quell a near riot. But yet he was tasered and then arrested by an off-duty officer. It just seems odd to me, why didn’t uniformed cops detain and arrest him?

  22. bvhawkeye says: Apr 12, 2009 7:30 AM

    (Cue all the imbeciles who will start going on about how cops are total good guys and there’s no possible way a cop could ever be a prick who gets on a power trip and uses his taser excessively. )
    On second thought why don’t we hear from all the idiots that have been arrested yet were totally innocent? By the way EVERYONE is innocent aren’t they? Who think that all cops are overzealous idiots. No one on this silly board has any idea what happened out there.

  23. deanezag says: Apr 12, 2009 8:35 AM

    ““if it gets to teh point where the cop has to take out a taser gun then its their own fault.”
    Tell Ryan Moats that. He had a gun pulled on him by an over zealous cop. I guess he must have had it coming because his mother-in-law was dying in the hospital. ”
    driving around with no proof of insurance, his wife fleeing the scene, moats arguing with him- you dont think people use an excuse like that everyday? but way to just ignore the facts
    “Cue all the imbeciles who will start going on about how cops are total good guys and there’s no possible way a cop could ever be a prick who gets on a power trip and uses his taser excessively.”
    cue all the tough guys who thinks cops just run around tasering people because a friend told them a story one time when he was doing nothing and 100% innocent and something happened.

  24. inmymind says: Apr 12, 2009 9:12 AM

    BV, cue the morons who are condenscending to anyone who has an opinion. Unless you are new to the internetty bloggy thingy, posting an opinion based on the facts you have is pretty darn popular these days.
    On second thought, not EVERYONE is innocent, only those that not been convicted. One last thing, the tasering was to protect the lives of cops, who sacrifice their lives for the rest of us all the time. Unless people allow themselves to be taken into custody civily, the police must use the force necessary. However, I am sure that every citizen respects the police and behaves in an organized civil manner when asked to do so.

  25. beastmode says: Apr 12, 2009 10:29 AM

    the statements are not even contradictory. He can regret the incident and still believe the police were not justified in using a taser on him. The two are not at all mutually exclusive.

  26. Orangello_Jones says: Apr 12, 2009 11:19 AM

    Don’t care whether he was innocent or guilty and deserving of a trip to jail. Tasers should be outlawed.
    And I also want to know about the of duty thing. How many off duty cops carry taser guns? hell how many people other than on duty cops carry taser guns? Another story that sounds fishy to say the least.
    “driving around with no proof of insurance, his wife fleeing the scene, moats arguing with him- you dont think people use an excuse like that everyday? but way to just ignore the facts”
    Ummm no people do not go tearing to an emergency room to avoid a traffic ticket and then try to run inside to see a dying relative. Sorry but that weak analogy has been floated many times on this site concerning this topic and it’s a load of festering bullcrap. If I’m wrong then post just one similar incident…find ONE! The cop might not have known what the deal was when he witnessed the running of the red light but everything that happened after that is an indictment of his horrible character and judgement. That’s why his superiors made the kind of condemning statement that we pretty much never see Police Chiefs make. When a Chief says the he can’t make any further comments and still remain professional that should be all ya need to hear, even if you are a dim bulb.

  27. 56lightsout56 says: Apr 12, 2009 11:42 AM

    the biggest question for me is;
    If you are a young man with money, and you play in Miami why in God’s good name would you choose to celebrate your birthday in Cleveland of all places?
    I mean south beach is right there.

  28. vegas42 says: Apr 12, 2009 12:19 PM

    Attaboy Elaw6. Way to make a hero out of not only a man who murdered 4 police officers, but he also was wanted in connection with the rape of a 12 year old girl. Way to be edgy and cool, slapdick.
    And beastmode, the contradictory part of the statement was where Whitner said he did not want to conduct himself in the manner in which he did. I’m thinking if he didn’t do anything wrong, he would not have had anything to regret about his own conduct…

  29. vegas42 says: Apr 12, 2009 12:22 PM

    Orangello…I don’t know if your question was rhetorical, but just in case…
    I agree that the cop in the Moats incident was completely wrong once he knew the situation, and he should have been fired before he resigned. However, as to your question about ONE incident involving someone driving to the ER with bad intentions…
    I used to work in the trauma center of a large hospital in LV. At least once a month or so, there would be a shooting at a club or some bar. We would routinely get really nice cars roll into the ambulance bay slowly. A door would open, and a shooting victim would tumble out. Usually the car would then speed off. Occasionally, though, a paramedic or doctor or nurse would approach the car, and a door would open and a young gentleman wearing nice “club” clothing would shove a gun in the face of whoever was approaching the car and basically tell them to “step off.” It happens pretty much every weekend at any hospital in any fairly large city.

  30. jaybird0620 says: Apr 12, 2009 1:09 PM

    Taser? Should have shot his thug ass.Maybe if the police start picking off these thugs one by one maybe these thug ass idiots will finially get it.Instead of the cop who tasered Whitner flipping burgers somewhere maybe Whitner should be on a street corner slinging crack and flashing gang signs.Which is where most of these thugs would be if not for sports.

  31. tv says: Apr 12, 2009 3:18 PM

    If he didn’t want to get tasered, he should have done what the police told him to do. Plain and simple.

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