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Mike Vrabel arrested for felony theft in Indiana


Two days before he’s due to be in court as a named plaintiff in the Tom Brady antitrust lawsuit, Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel had a much different entanglement with the justice system.

The criminal justice system.

Acting on a tip, we contacted the Switzerland County Jail in Vervay, Indiana.  Jail Commander James LaPine tells PFT that Vrabel was arrested for theft at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana earlier today.

The charge, under Indiana law, is a Class D felony.  LaPine had no information regarding the thing that was allegedly stolen.

In Indiana, theft of anything, regardless of value, is a Class D felony.  It carries a sentence of six months to three years in prison.

Vrabel, who also is a member of the NFLPA* Executive Committee, was booked at 5:28 a.m. local time.  He was released at 10:39 a.m. after posting $600 bond.

The jail had no further details regarding the specifics of the alleged crime.  Also, LaPine declined to provide Vrabel’s date of birth for cross-reference purposes.  But LaPine confirmed that the Mike Vrabel who was arrested, booked, and released is the same Mike Vrabel who plays pro football.

Vrabel’s agent, Neil Cornrich, was not immediately available for comment.  NFLPA* spokesman George Atallah likewise was unavailable via phone.

UPDATE:  Via agent Neil Conrich, Vrabel has issued a statement acknowledging the arrest.  “It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication,” Vrabel said.  “I feel comfortable that after talking with the appropriate parties, we will resolve this matter.”

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59 Responses to “Mike Vrabel arrested for felony theft in Indiana”
  1. grpatriot says: Apr 4, 2011 3:33 PM

    Trying to subsidize the Lockout out fund?

  2. mick730 says: Apr 4, 2011 3:34 PM

    Looks like one of the felons from the associaton of the National Felon League strikes yet again.

    Partners. Ridiculous.

  3. bigtganks says: Apr 4, 2011 3:35 PM

    These guys just keep making the owners look better and better…

  4. medtxpack says: Apr 4, 2011 3:35 PM

    in all of the labor mess i wouldnt mind seeing an owner get arrested for theft or drunk in public…it would be Irsay if i had to bet on it…

  5. dlobears says: Apr 4, 2011 3:37 PM

    Nice to see the players are getting ready for the lockout. These idiots need to go back to the table and sign whatever the Hell offer is still standing. Obviously a vast majority aren’t ready to cope with being normal citizens. Go pump gas Mike Vrabel.

  6. skylark70455 says: Apr 4, 2011 3:38 PM

    Good deal he’s been released…. wouldn’t it have been a shame if he had to dry shave the morning of his court appearance – and looked all red-faced and blotchy when he talked about how his fine upstanding fellow members of the NFLPA trade association need mo money!

  7. stealthjunk says: Apr 4, 2011 3:38 PM

    More proof that players’ lives are being financially ruined by the lockout?

  8. angrycorgi says: Apr 4, 2011 3:38 PM

    Man…the lockout is really hitting the players hard…they seem to be resorting to theft just to feed their families. No wonder he was begging to sit down and hash it out ASAP!


  9. bamaking says: Apr 4, 2011 3:38 PM

    Days Without an ARREST = ZERO
    What a tool!

  10. PFTiswhatitis says: Apr 4, 2011 3:39 PM

    If he got out on a $600 bond then it can’t be anything too serious.

  11. Mr. Super-Cool Awesome says: Apr 4, 2011 3:39 PM

    A former Patriot. Video surveillance. Theft.

    I don’t quite see a connection. What am I missing? Someone help me out.

  12. danetow says: Apr 4, 2011 3:39 PM

    Geez just when you think these guys can’t get any dumber they prove you wrong.

  13. j0esixpack says: Apr 4, 2011 3:39 PM

    I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that alcohol may have been a contributing factor to the “felony” and that Vrabel’s judgment might have been a tad bit impaired.

    (Not making excuses for Vrabel, but if Indiana law treats shoplifting or any misdemeanors as a felony, it’s a bit unfair to label him in the same legal category as someone who stole a car)

  14. benh999 says: Apr 4, 2011 3:40 PM

    Sounds like he tried to go the Ocean’s 11 route to make some extra coin during the lockout.

  15. angrycorgi says: Apr 4, 2011 3:40 PM

    “LaPine had no information regarding the thing that was allegedly stolen.”

    I’d wager it was the pure, simple innocence of every Mike-Vrabel-jersey-wearing-fan that he just stole.

  16. pervyharvin says: Apr 4, 2011 3:40 PM

    Another Belterra Casino bath robe thief bites the dust!

  17. mykelane says: Apr 4, 2011 3:40 PM

    End the lockout, players are committing dine and dash!

  18. jamaltimore says: Apr 4, 2011 3:41 PM

    Maybe the NFL owners couldn’t meet with their “partners” last week because some of them were in JAIL or maybe the lead plantiff was back from his ponytail tour of Brazil ?

    Say what you want about the owners but when these clowns (player) are in jail, broke or sitting back doing nothing and enjoying the millions they earned playing a game, the owners will still be hard at work running the business that is the NFL!

  19. andyreidcarboload says: Apr 4, 2011 3:41 PM

    Ex Pat and a cheater.

  20. dgnyg says: Apr 4, 2011 3:42 PM

    One by one they fall!

  21. broncobeta says: Apr 4, 2011 3:42 PM

    “It’s about time the owners start taking us very seriously. So let’s sue them to show them we mean business! In the mean time, let’s go to a Casino just a couple days before our huge trial!!!”

  22. plundergrunge says: Apr 4, 2011 3:43 PM

    No way!!! Now I’ve seen it all…

  23. yzguy431 says: Apr 4, 2011 3:45 PM

    oh geez. this lockout has to end to put a stop to this crimewave.

  24. sterlingrodgers says: Apr 4, 2011 3:45 PM

    The hits keep coming….

  25. monkeesfan says: Apr 4, 2011 3:47 PM

    I am at a loss on this one.

  26. bradwins says: Apr 4, 2011 3:49 PM

    Obviously I don’t know any details here, but based on everything I know about Mike Vrabel I feel safe in assuming that when more details do emerge it will make this item the high watermark of this story.

  27. pdmjr says: Apr 4, 2011 3:52 PM

    Looks like NFL players are acting like criminals to gain attention to their plight. Very sad indeed

  28. 6250claimer says: Apr 4, 2011 3:53 PM

    Looks like boosting that ash tray from the blackjack table was a baaaad idea.

  29. skoobyfl says: Apr 4, 2011 3:54 PM

    Bad Karma for previous camera related events, enjoy your moment.

  30. denverwally says: Apr 4, 2011 3:57 PM

    Good thing he’s not an ex-Steeler or we’d be reading about a sexual assault charge instead of shoplifting some indian jewelry.

  31. ronaldmexico says: Apr 4, 2011 3:57 PM

    Theft of anything is considered a felony in Indiana? Seems like there is a pretty wide range of potential fact patterns for this arrest – I’m not a fan of the Pats, Chiefs or Vrabel, but it may have been more prudent to wait until more details were available before going with the story. I’m sure we’ll see another PFT story with the nitty gritty as well as a link to this one (to prove who got the scoop) later in the day or week.

  32. cletusvandam says: Apr 4, 2011 3:58 PM

    lol, you can’t make this stuff up!!! This is one of the guys the NFLPA chose to represent them? LOL

  33. boltfanz says: Apr 4, 2011 4:00 PM

    Must want to be a Bengal. Vervay is about an hour from Cincy. Hes just trying to get their attention

  34. eagleswin says: Apr 4, 2011 4:01 PM

    It would be funny, if at the hearing, the owners volunteered to delay the case until after Vrabel’s felony charge is cleared up.

  35. stinkfingers says: Apr 4, 2011 4:02 PM

    The “stealing signals” jokes nearly write themselves.

  36. blkmanwtan says: Apr 4, 2011 4:06 PM

    At least it isn’t Michael Vick.

    Memo to Adriana Peterson: This is an example why the NFL feels like “Modern Day Slavery”, if the guys police themselves, then the owners would not have to.

  37. blkmanwtan says: Apr 4, 2011 4:07 PM

    I meant Adrian

  38. Deb says: Apr 4, 2011 4:12 PM

    @medtxpack …

    You won’t see an owner getting arrested because they have a lot of handlers to ensure they don’t.

  39. eagleswin says: Apr 4, 2011 4:12 PM

    Can Vrabel file a counter suit against the court claiming irreperable harm if he goes to jail?

  40. 3octaveFart says: Apr 4, 2011 4:16 PM

    ..and getting arrested for a petty theft is worse than knowingly and fraudulently selling tickets, on a massive scale, to unsafe and/or non-existent seating, how again?

  41. tomwill21 says: Apr 4, 2011 4:18 PM

    I guess since he’s a Chief, he thought he was entitled to Casino money????

  42. JimmySmith says: Apr 4, 2011 4:20 PM

    I’ll wait to hear all the facts but I assume he wasn’t brandishing a handgun like Cook or stabbing someone like Lewis.

  43. thefiesty1 says: Apr 4, 2011 4:31 PM

    ……and another one bites the dust.

  44. dexterismyhero says: Apr 4, 2011 4:37 PM

    That would be Vevay, Indiana. Did he get a couple of extra towel’s?

  45. deadeye says: Apr 4, 2011 4:38 PM

    It was just a misunderstanding. He thought the other person said “Please steal this item from me” when in fact they said “Please don’t steal this item from me”. I’m confident, as is Vrabel, that it will get resolved soon. It was just a misunderstanding after all.

  46. tednancy says: Apr 4, 2011 4:41 PM

    Vrabel is a known commodity and class act. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt based on ten years of solid leadership and performance both on and off the field.

    Doesn’t help the players union, however. Still, this appears to be at worst an isolated incident. I’ll bet the farm that this goes away with Vrabel’s good name intact.

  47. jmhredsox says: Apr 4, 2011 4:43 PM

    If Vrabel or his handlers had any sense, and this really is “just a misunderstanding,” they’d have provided more details.

    “Felony” trumps “misunderstanding” in any headline.

  48. angrycorgi says: Apr 4, 2011 4:43 PM

    Class D Felony: Minimum 1 year probation and maximum $250,000 fine or 5-10 years in prison (unlikely on first offense, but you never know).

  49. northeastern31 says: Apr 4, 2011 4:45 PM

    “It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication,”

    I feel like I heard that before…..


    Oh YEAH! Thats the same thing BB said. =D

  50. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 4, 2011 4:57 PM

    This is Indiana. He’ll get a deferral based on successfully completing 1 year probation(possibly 6 months).

    Oh, and he’ll have to spend some coin, too.

  51. gridassassin says: Apr 4, 2011 5:11 PM

    The dude has been stealing red zone TDs from offensive players for the last decade, no shock to this keen observer.

    Why the long face in the mug shot?

  52. grogansheroes says: Apr 4, 2011 5:27 PM

    andyreidcarboload says:
    Apr 4, 2011 3:41 PM
    Ex Pat and a cheater.

    Ex Steeler too.

  53. freddyfelder says: Apr 4, 2011 5:28 PM

    If this had of been Cam Newton’s Dad? Ohh Boy!

  54. CKL says: Apr 4, 2011 5:37 PM

    Maroney…clean as a Pat, gets busted after he leaves. Vrabel, ditto.

    Vrabel has always been a sarcastic MF and while I have usually enjoyed his sense of humor, I can totally see why some denizens of Indiana may not have felt as kindly towards his humor. Especially if he was wasted and tried to talk to them.

  55. runtheball says: Apr 4, 2011 7:14 PM

    It was a misuderstanding. Vrabel misunderstood that being a member of the NFLPA* Executive Committee, is not a license to steal.

  56. jc2hype says: Apr 4, 2011 8:32 PM

    This guy is simply trying to support his family.
    Besides he was trained by the genius so he would be too smart to cheat…

  57. charles116 says: Apr 5, 2011 12:25 AM

    I heard he ‘copped a feel’.

  58. radrntn says: Apr 5, 2011 11:50 AM

    so much for the lock out, it is now lock up. booked at 5:38 meand it must have happened about 4:30 am, I am sure he gets up early and he stole some eggs and bacon. Not a chance he was up all night, and drunk.

  59. dinplant says: Jul 31, 2011 12:31 PM

    According to KMBC’s web site the police state Vrable stole bottles of alcohol from the casino deli.

    He claims a misunderstanding with the bar tab.

    “Hey there is that a bottle in your pants or …”

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