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Browns running back arrested

Just as the “Days without an Arrest” meter crept back toward double digits, an NFL player has caused it to go back to twin zeroes.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, police arrested Browns running back Chris Jennings on Saturday.  He allegedly “ran into trouble” with the doorman at The Velvet Dog, and he was jailed on suspicion of assault.

Jennings, who rushed for 220 yards last year after joining the team as an undrafted rookie, has not yet been charged with a crime.

Reached for comment, Jennings said, “I’m just trying to get traded to the Jets.”

(OK, that last line was made up.  And yet we’ll still get a slew of e-mails and comments asking, “Did he really say that?”)

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67 Responses to “Browns running back arrested”
  1. Browns4Life says: Apr 17, 2010 10:04 AM

    This is why ya stay away from the idiots down on W. 6th

  2. bonafide says: Apr 17, 2010 10:04 AM

    Did he really say that?

  3. BuckFigBen says: Apr 17, 2010 10:05 AM

    At least our guys hit other men. If he lived in Pittsburgh he would hit women.

  4. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Apr 17, 2010 10:05 AM

    Jets=The Newwwwwwwwwww Bengals

  5. Mooch says: Apr 17, 2010 10:06 AM

    He’s innocent. It was all the fault of gold digging women!
    Oh, I forgot. The only star that gold diggers in America go after Big Ben. They ignore every other star.
    These women probably don’t even know who Brady, Manning, Iverson, Clooney, Crowe, Jeter, A-Rod, etc, etc, etc, even are.
    All they know if Big Ben.

  6. DemocratsAreStupid says: Apr 17, 2010 10:06 AM

    did he really say that?

  7. jjhsix says: Apr 17, 2010 10:06 AM

    Did he really say that?

  8. bigtrav425 says: Apr 17, 2010 10:08 AM

    Real question is wtf was be doing at the Velvet Dog?!?!…..Real men do not go to that bar…unless ur g/f drags ya there

  9. ickeyshuffle says: Apr 17, 2010 10:11 AM

    Did he really say that?

  10. allday28 says: Apr 17, 2010 10:12 AM

    when I was reading that I was thinking the same exact thing as you wrote in the last line

  11. buddyfairfield says: Apr 17, 2010 10:13 AM

    Did he really say that?

  12. David LeFebvre says: Apr 17, 2010 10:16 AM

    Meh. Jennings showed flashes, but won’t get any significant playing time in 2010 stuck behind Harrison, Hillis, Davis, and any possible draft picks on the depth chart. This is a non-story. There are probably a dozen similar arrests on any given weekend night on West 6th Street in Cleveland, where The Velvet Dog is located.

  13. Martin Keamy says: Apr 17, 2010 10:18 AM

    I wish you didn’t count players who last less than 2 years as well as have made no impact large or small on the team as “players.”

  14. caljetsfan says: Apr 17, 2010 10:19 AM

    florio, low blow

  15. emmac13 says: Apr 17, 2010 10:20 AM

    This is weak. Some douchebag doorboy who wears his Security/Staff t-shirt with pride had a ego clash with the douchebag 4th string running of the Browns. This I expect. Better than the murders, DUI, wife beatings, and rapes.

  16. M3ratter says: Apr 17, 2010 10:22 AM

    Did he really say that?

  17. Niner Jeff says: Apr 17, 2010 10:25 AM

    Amazing this guy probably just lost himself a job with Holmgren at the helm. Plus you will not see him on this list of fantasy football sleepers:
    To the jets you go…

  18. rmac says: Apr 17, 2010 10:27 AM

    The doorman’s name wasn’t Terrel Owens or was it?

  19. IStateYourName says: Apr 17, 2010 10:29 AM

    Did he really say that?

  20. Setobakura says: Apr 17, 2010 10:30 AM

    I thought he wanted to get traded to the Bengals, its closer.

  21. rea725 says: Apr 17, 2010 10:31 AM

    lol. send him to Pittsburgh.

  22. Hotwaggy11 says: Apr 17, 2010 10:36 AM

    The Browns need to cut him before he is charged so they can let the squeelers know how you handle misbehaving players. Maybe then, the squeelers will cut the rapist.

  23. Dixon29 says: Apr 17, 2010 10:37 AM

    You got me Florio. Not on the Jets part, but when I read “Browns Running Back Arrested”, I thought you meant Jerome Harrison got busted. No offense to Jennings but if it were Harrison, I would be a lot more upset right now.

  24. 51Spike says: Apr 17, 2010 10:38 AM

    That comment was actually funny for a change.

  25. rmac says: Apr 17, 2010 10:38 AM

    Maybe the “Doorman” was really one of Ben’s “Body Guards” trying to keep him from using the restroom.

  26. embarrassedsteelerfan says: Apr 17, 2010 10:41 AM

    So you can be held on suspicion of assault, but suspicion of rape?
    That first cop down in GA, derailed the case. I wonder if getting to rub elbows with the rich and famous and losing your job was worth it to you?

  27. marktg30 says: Apr 17, 2010 10:43 AM

    Well, there goes one of our amazing backs! So much for the 4 Prong Attack!!!!….. who cares? lol

  28. DGNR8 says: Apr 17, 2010 10:44 AM

    This is clearly a case of a gold digger at work. Braylon Edwards assault of a midget outside a Cleveland club has placed a target on the back of all Browns players to be falsely accused of the same thing. That doorman was probably LOOKING to be assaulted by a Browns player so he could cash in. LIES!!!!! GOLD DIGGERS!!!! WH-RES!!!!!!!!!!
    (any of this sounding familiar?)
    Seriously, if he’s charged with assault, they might as well just cut him. Peyton Hillis will be taking his carries away this year anyway, and what better way to send a message to the rest of the team that the culture that Holmgren/Heckert/Mangini are instilling will NOT put up with shenanigans.

  29. Steelcurtains says: Apr 17, 2010 10:45 AM

    How can you be arrested, but not charged with a crime??

  30. READY2CRUSH says: Apr 17, 2010 10:46 AM

    Did he say what?

  31. tombrookshire says: Apr 17, 2010 10:50 AM

    (Insert NFL player name here) has not yet been charged with a crime (and likely won’t be).

  32. CKL says: Apr 17, 2010 10:52 AM

    Geebus…and some people think the players should get MORE time off in the offseason. If you are working your behind off to get better, you are too tired to assault peeps. 😀

  33. norton99 says: Apr 17, 2010 10:53 AM

    That’s why you lift all those weights…to throw your marginal career away in one night.

  34. trickbunny says: Apr 17, 2010 11:00 AM

    Yes, the Browns need to CUT a very capable backup RB (from what little we’ve seen) just because he *may* have had a minor incident with a doorman.
    Overreact much?
    Now I’m waiting for all the Steeler fans to equate Jennings’ actions with multiple sexual assaults/rapes. Go for it.

  35. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Apr 17, 2010 11:06 AM

    velvet dog?
    that was my nick name in college. they all had a good laugh, even though i never fully understood it.

  36. trickbunny says: Apr 17, 2010 11:14 AM

    By the way, you gotta love how a *black* NFL player actually gets locked up, behind bars, on the **suspicion** that he was involved in a fight with another MAN, while the precious *white* NFL player for the former SB champions never sees a jail cell for a second after at least 3 WOMEN have accused him of sex against their will.
    Ah, ya gotta love “justice”.

  37. Howboutdemcowboys says: Apr 17, 2010 11:17 AM

    The Jets? Did he really say that?

  38. Henchman #24 says: Apr 17, 2010 11:27 AM

    Did he really say that?

  39. jimmy_b says: Apr 17, 2010 11:29 AM

    I’m sure Braylon Edwards was with him 😉

  40. Steve-Mo says: Apr 17, 2010 11:32 AM

    I demand that the man who goes by the name “StevieMo” come forth and explain himself.

  41. JoeSixPack says: Apr 17, 2010 11:33 AM

    Maybe the Browns should sign the doorman at LB

  42. wryly1 says: Apr 17, 2010 11:34 AM

    I’m no rocket scientist – only have a Bachelor’s, so maybe that explains why I’m incapable of understanding – in light of everything that’s been going on – how ANY player could go out to a club and allow himself to get into ANY kind of confrontation.

  43. .RebaTe says: Apr 17, 2010 11:39 AM

    OMFG, a Browns player arrested?
    Say it ain’t so Florio!!
    Well, there’s at least one NFL player more guilty than Roethlisberger…
    Are you gonna write 15 f*ckin articles about this dirtbag every day from now on?

  44. omenfreedom says: Apr 17, 2010 11:40 AM

    No worries…Jennings was just participating in Mangini oppertunity drills…All is well in the Land

  45. nobodybeatsdawiz says: Apr 17, 2010 11:46 AM

    florio you funny man….where are you performing?

  46. FinFan says: Apr 17, 2010 11:48 AM


  47. biggredd says: Apr 17, 2010 11:49 AM

    Why do the steelers employ doormen in Cleveland?

  48. orangeandbrown85 says: Apr 17, 2010 11:52 AM

    Wow, Florio-that was actually funny for once. I mean, I laughed out loud. And I will laugh harder if he does end up as a Jet this season.

  49. billsfan1 says: Apr 17, 2010 12:05 PM

    At least our guys hit other men. If he lived in Pittsburgh he would hit women
    ya cause that guy that “hands” edwards hhit was what? like 160 lbs?… oh and ur other stud, antonio cro[creation] martie just abandons his kids… thats much better really..
    as far as hits women, big ben never hit her, he only raped her….. so if ur gonna criticize pig pen, er i mean big ben get it right

  50. billsfan1 says: Apr 17, 2010 12:08 PM

    oh and dont forget the sexual assualt charge that was dropped against the sanchise probably as a result of being a qb at usc

  51. buckeye044 says: Apr 17, 2010 12:20 PM

    Not sexual assult or rape if there are no charges and no conviction.

  52. endzoneview says: Apr 17, 2010 12:38 PM

    Adding up all of the Jets arrests this year: total – 0
    Adding up all of the Dolphins arrests this year: 3 (McDaniels, Allen, Brown), plus they just traded for Marshall.
    Hmmm, perhaps your jab would have been better suited for the Dolphins, but I know you Florio, you never let facts get in the way of your opinion. Keep up the shlocky work.

  53. OLDCRACKER says: Apr 17, 2010 12:42 PM

    Undrafted rookie, barely hanging on to his career, and he impresses the new sheriff in town by doing this. What an idiot!

  54. Buttered Santa says: Apr 17, 2010 12:43 PM

    DGNR8…Agreed. Hillis will take his carries anyway. I was worried it was Harrison when I saw the headline. Chris Jennings? Who cares. Bye Chris. Enjoy Montreal and your new gig with the Alouettes

  55. WahooJake says: Apr 17, 2010 1:18 PM

    Hello DGNR8… you are everywhere…
    Good Bye Chris Jennings..
    Eric Mang*** won’t put up with this and neither will Happy Homgren or Heck…

  56. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 17, 2010 1:19 PM

    Don’t be Harrison, don’t be Harrison, don’t be Harrison…..PHEW!

  57. Kpleasy says: Apr 17, 2010 1:51 PM

    This bar is the biggest scam in cleveland! The doormen are the same dirty cops, that run the same scam every weekend. This is a warning to all professional athletes, and all people of cleveland for that matter: STAY AWAY FROM THE VELVET DOG! The city needs to do something about this place. Its been goin on for at least 6 years now, as far as i know. I feel for you, Chris Jennings.

  58. funi says: Apr 17, 2010 1:57 PM

    Where is the 4-8 game suspension for him? I bet ESPN won’t cover this!!

  59. PFTiswhatitis says: Apr 17, 2010 2:01 PM

    Is that your real hair or a toupe?

  60. Sarcastic1 says: Apr 17, 2010 2:32 PM

    He did really say that did’nt he

  61. JakeDSnake says: Apr 17, 2010 2:50 PM

    Did he really say that?
    That must be a bad quote from the AP…
    …or something MSNBC reported as factual opinion.
    Still, did he really say that?

  62. Pantherfan10 says: Apr 17, 2010 3:07 PM

    I love how the justice system works. He would of been better off in the short term if he sexually assaulted/raped a women and played for pittsburgh

  63. Revolution22 says: Apr 17, 2010 3:25 PM

    I got a pretty good kick out of the made up quote from Jennings. Well played, Florio.
    This guy really isn’t a known player unless you live in Cleveland, or follow the NFL close, so this isn’t real big in my opinion.

  64. Dawgpound2009 says: Apr 17, 2010 4:05 PM

    He didn’t punch out a midget or get fined not paying for his water bottle bill ? No trying to carry a loaded gun through an airport? Just some rent-a-dude at some dive night club ? I don’t think this one is going to garner you that Pulitzer prize for yellow journalism Mr. F 😦

  65. tobago says: Apr 17, 2010 10:42 PM

    Florio must be thinking Cleveland Browns, 24-7, please get a life, Florio.

  66. jbrownsjockitch says: Apr 17, 2010 11:33 PM

    Followup- upon full cavity search by cleveland Police, it was determined that suspect was not Jennings, but rather Benny “business in front, party in my pants” Roethlisberger dressed in drag, attempting to get his fix from a new class of victims who tend to fight less. Statement-released by Benny-“After this latest round of accusations, I have decided the straight or gay bar scene is not for me, therefore I will be spending my “down time at home working out, punching my midget, and performing rapid one arm pullups. Thank you and God Bless!

  67. contract says: Apr 18, 2010 12:23 AM

    “These women probably don’t even know who Brady, Manning, Iverson, Clooney, Crowe, Jeter, A-Rod, etc, etc, etc, even are.”
    More like those guys don’t give that type of women the time of day. Well, maybe Iverson does.

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