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Garrett Wolfe’s misadventures began with refusal to pay a bar bill

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Though most arrests of NFL players involve garden-variety stuff, the 2011 offseason has brought some far more colorful incidents, including for example the alleged theft of alcohol in a casino (where free alcohol otherwise flows like water through a busted dam), alleged possession on Viagra without a prescription, and an alleged mother-son shooting spree.  Eventual free-agent running back Garrett Wolfe added to the litany of legendary legal entanglements on Saturday night in Miami Beach.

We had the basic facts and allegations on Sunday.  Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times fills in the blanks on Monday.

It all started when Wolfe refused to pay his bill at a Miami Beach nightclub.

‘‘He became aggressive while being ejected by bouncers, and two off-duty officers were summoned,’’ Miami Beach Police detective Juan Sanchez said.  ‘‘They gave him the opportunity to settle his bill, and he refused.  He attacked one of the officers.  Both officers suffered minor
injuries.’’

Based on his mugshot, Wolfe suffered some injuries, too.

Wolfe will be a free agent whenever the free-agency period begins, since he did not receive a restricted free agency tender.  Given his alleged behavior, it could be the only context in which “free” will be applying to Wolfe in the near future.  He remains in custody, on total bond of $11,500.

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30 Responses to “Garrett Wolfe’s misadventures began with refusal to pay a bar bill”
  1. packattack1967 says: May 23, 2011 8:34 AM

    Grow up. Just think these are the punks holding the great game hostage. Enough already.

  2. seanb20124 says: May 23, 2011 8:38 AM

    Probably bought a couple drinks and was presented with 5K bill, and was like I ain’t paying this s@$@

  3. 8drinkminimum says: May 23, 2011 8:40 AM

    Memo to Garrett:

    When you are 5′ 6″ you pay the tab.

  4. chapnastier says: May 23, 2011 8:47 AM

    @ Packattack

    Well said sir. For the life of me I can’t understand what goes on in the head of these guys. Not paying a bar tab? I make in a year what these guys make in 10 minutes at the gym and I am responsible enough to take care of mine (as I am sure 99% of people on here do). This doesn’t say much for “partnership”.

  5. realitypolice says: May 23, 2011 8:53 AM

    Given his “stature” in the NFL, if Garrett Wolfe wants to get his tab picked up, he better go back to Rockford, Illinois, where he actually accomplished something with Northern Illinois.

  6. commoncents says: May 23, 2011 8:56 AM

    Maybe free booze wherever you go can also be worked into the new CBA for players, along with healthcare for life and retirement. Maybe the PA can swing some get out of jail free cards to for the guys, in exchange for all the pain and suffering they have endured.

    Without football, it’s jail for most of these losers.

  7. seatown12 says: May 23, 2011 9:00 AM

    Yep I’ve seen that look before…bar fight for sure. lol

  8. arnoldziffel says: May 23, 2011 9:02 AM

    What is it with these Bears and their refusal to pay their tabs?

    First management stiffs the Ravens by letting their clock run out at the draft without consummating their deal – and then not following through by trading their fourth round pick like they had agreed upon …

    Then Urlacher and Lovie declare themselves the best team in the NFC North without actually winning anything …

    And now Mr. Wolfe slugs down his alcohol and refuses to pay?

    Oh well, like management – like player I guess.

  9. giantrealist says: May 23, 2011 9:04 AM

    @packattack1967 says:May 23, 2011 8:34 AM

    Grow up. Just think these are the punks holding the great game hostage. Enough already.

    ———-

    Ridiculous comment. Making conclusions about every football player in the league based on the misbehavior of one is beyond stupid.

    But of course you will get a lot of thumbs up because most of the people here have the IQ of a radish.

    Right now we have players ready to play without a CBA. The Owners have locked them out. So who is holding who hostage?

  10. kgs6788 says: May 23, 2011 9:09 AM

    is this what Ray Lewis meant by the crime rate going up?

    More NFL punks acting like idiots?

  11. gdeli says: May 23, 2011 9:11 AM

    pay the tab and quit adding to the stereotype that football players are stupid. boy is he stupid. ha

  12. j0esixpack says: May 23, 2011 9:11 AM

    Short, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

  13. duanethomas says: May 23, 2011 9:15 AM

    Pay to play. A red bull in a bar in South Beach goes for $ 12.00, this “ain’t” Chicago. Nothing wrong with going out, but do it on a professional level, which most players do.

  14. wtfru2 says: May 23, 2011 9:17 AM

    He only bought 3 champagnes for that girl in the bak corner booth.

    What do you mean, 200 bucks a drink? I thought she really liked me…..

  15. FinFan68 says: May 23, 2011 9:27 AM

    Why is it so hard for some of these guys to behave responsibly? I’m not saying that they need to be perfect, but these guys are doing a lot more than getting a speeding ticket for 10mph over the limit. Most of their (advertised) transgressions include violence, guns, alcohol incidents or gross negligence on their financial obligations. There are turds in every walk of life and most of the player issues get reported but it seems like there is a higher percentage of d-bags in the NFL lately. It is a shame these morons give the rest of the players (collectively) a bad reputation.

  16. touchdownroddywhite says: May 23, 2011 9:42 AM

    Indiana Casinos only offer free soft drinks. No free booze here.

  17. suckittrebek76 says: May 23, 2011 9:46 AM

    NIU is in DeKalb.

  18. 6250claimer says: May 23, 2011 9:46 AM

    JAMF

  19. dontouchmyjunk says: May 23, 2011 9:48 AM

    Who the flip is Garrett Wolfe? And why should I care what this career 53rd man on the roster does?

  20. carolinethedog says: May 23, 2011 9:54 AM

    @arnoldziffel

    “…Urlacher and Lovie declare themselves the best team in the NFC North without actually winning anything …”

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t they the defending NFC North champions???

    Sure, Green Bay is the defending SUPERBOWL champions, I’m sure Chicago (or Pittsburgh or any other team) would rather have that title. But, anything can happen in the playoffs, they lost 21-14 to GB and Cutler went down. With a division championship, you are playing every team in your division twice.

    Just saying, Superbowl or no….I have no problem with a team who WON THEIR DIVISION saying they are the best in their division.

    I have more of a problem with Cutler walking up and down flights of stairs in public with his girlfriend the same night of his game-ending knee injury. Wha???

  21. realitypolice says: May 23, 2011 10:07 AM

    suckittrebek76 says:
    May 23, 2011 9:46 AM
    NIU is in DeKalb.
    =================

    You are correct, sir.

    Damn you, Google Maps.

    All ruinin’ my joke and whatnot.

  22. chobes68 says: May 23, 2011 10:17 AM

    “What is it with these Bears and their refusal to pay their tabs?

    First management stiffs the Ravens by letting their clock run out at the draft without consummating their deal – and then not following through by trading their fourth round pick like they had agreed upon …

    Then Urlacher and Lovie declare themselves the best team in the NFC North without actually winning anything …

    And now Mr. Wolfe slugs down his alcohol and refuses to pay?

    Oh well, like management – like player I guess.”

    ============

    Yeah, what’s up with the Ravens employing guys accused of murder, and convicted drug dealers? What’s up with that?

    Angelo learned his draft shennigans from Ozzie

    To quote Ozzie himself, “”The deal was not consummated,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said at Baltimore’s headquarters. “A deal is not a deal until I talk to Joel Bussert, and I never talked to Joel Bussert.”

  23. whatsafairway says: May 23, 2011 10:47 AM

    Obviously this guy is reading way too much into Ray Lewis quotes.

  24. jutts says: May 23, 2011 11:18 AM

    Is this way RAY Lewis meant when he said crime will go up? I wonder who he was talking about, players…. or fans?…
    Jeeeze.

  25. shieldsisland37 says: May 23, 2011 11:37 AM

    Again, this is a young man who drank to much. It is not the first time it has happened and not the last time. His life is not over and he still has time to turn it around. He needs a role model he respects to get in his ear a bit. This is not the end of the world so everyone please dont condemn this kid.

  26. realitypolice says: May 23, 2011 11:46 AM

    shieldsisland37 says:
    May 23, 2011 11:37 AM
    Again, this is a young man who drank to much. It is not the first time it has happened and not the last time. His life is not over and he still has time to turn it around. He needs a role model he respects to get in his ear a bit. This is not the end of the world so everyone please dont condemn this kid.
    ======================

    I certainly agree that his life is not over.

    But the last thing in the world that he needs to be hearing is that he can blame this incident on having drank too much.

    Alcohol is never an excuse. If you can’t control your behavior when drinking, quit and get help.

    Blaming alcohol is offensive to responsible drunks like myself who manage to have a few without skipping out on our tab or punching a cop.

  27. shieldsisland37 says: May 23, 2011 1:48 PM

    @Reality Police, I am not blaming alchol. I am just saying that most young men, myself included, needed to learn the hard way about alchol. Sometimes the only way to learn is to get burned. Now, hopefully he realizes he can not drink that much and he never does again. That is all I am saying.

  28. db105 says: May 23, 2011 2:23 PM

    We all get dumber when we consume alcohol. The more alcohol we consume the dumber we get. But when someone is very dumb to begin with it becomes a serious problem. There should be a law that stupid people can not drink.

  29. granadafan says: May 23, 2011 5:41 PM

    Not a lot of fighting going on when you smoke pot. Just saying.

  30. arnoldziffel says: May 23, 2011 6:46 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t they the defending NFC North champions???

    Sure, Green Bay is the defending SUPERBOWL champions, I’m sure Chicago (or Pittsburgh or any other team) would rather have that title. But, anything can happen in the playoffs, they lost 21-14 to GB and Cutler went down. With a division championship, you are playing every team in your division twice.

    Just saying, Superbowl or no….I have no problem with a team who WON THEIR DIVISION saying they are the best in their division.

    I have more of a problem with Cutler walking up and down flights of stairs in public with his girlfriend the same night of his game-ending knee injury. Wha???

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Dear Carolinethedog:

    I certainly support your right to cherish that divisional crown – but other than making a few fans happy and selling a few tee shirts, I’m not sure there’s much joy in mudville when the party stops at the 4-team level. In fact, it might make the pain worse.

    Divisional finishes dictate how the playoff brackets will be set up. In this particular go-around, that meant your fuzzy bears received a week off, and were then awarded a home game against a playoff team with of all things, a losing divisional record (7-9). So far, so good … a nice cakewalk for your ‘divisional champions’ who have now been awarded yet another home game against those divisional runner-ups – the Packers. (You know, the team with the long IR list?)

    Well, I think we all know what happened from there.

    All the advantages and nothing to show for it, except that tee shirt … and a chirping linebacker and his athletic supporter, the coach – declaring … what? Their 4-team “championship?” Eeew!!

    As for Jay … hey – lay off! This fiasco was the fault of mid-level management and coaching. The guy needed props!! I for one have no doubt that he was injured .. but for goodness sakes!! .. Give the man a pair of crutches! Wrap some ice around that knee with ace bandages!! Don’t let him stand there and mug for the camera with that look on his face and no obvious injuries!!!

    At any rate, enjoy the tee shirt! If you’d like to see the George Halas Trophy – along with Vince’s latest … make some vacation plans this summer to drive up to Lambeau. They’re open 356 days a year!

    Sincerely,

    Your Friend Arnold

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