Weird details abound in Daryl Gardener’s arrest

We noted in today’s one-liners that former NFL defensive lineman Daryl Gardener was arrested on the campus of the University of Central Florida, and ordinarily a story like that, about a player who’s been retired for almost a decade and who isn’t a big star, wouldn’t merit more than a mention in the one liners.

But the Gardener case has so many strange details that we’ll explore them in a little more detail.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the arrest took place in front of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority house at about 1:55 a.m. Tuesday. The 38-year-old Gardener and his girlfriend were both arrested for assaulting each other, and while the fact that the arrest took place at a sorority house might make you assume he was dating a young woman, his girlfriend is actually 49 years old.

Gardener claimed that his girlfriend threw a cologne bottle at him and hit him several times with a tire iron. He claims she flew into a rage after he danced with another woman at a nearby club called Fubar.

The girlfriend says that’s not true, and that Gardener started the physical altercation between the two of them by head-butting her.

Gardener, who was the Dolphins’ first-round pick in the 1996 NFL draft, is charged with domestic-violence battery. His girlfriend is charged with aggravated battery.

On Thursday Gardener wrote on Facebook, “I’m stressin in the worst way over my heart.”

After playing six seasons for the Dolphins, Gardener played one year for the Redskins in 2002 before signing a seven-year, $34.8 million contract with the Broncos in 2003. He was suspended twice for conduct detrimental to the team and played in only five games in Denver, and the Broncos’ decision to sign him is often cited as one of the worst contracts in NFL history.

The Broncos cut Gardener after the 2003 season, and after that he left the NFL and became a competitive bodybuilder.

20 responses to “Weird details abound in Daryl Gardener’s arrest

  1. Please never remind me of that contract again. Wanna talk about “Broncos Worst Moments”.

  2. “He claims she (hit him several times with a tire iron) after he danced with another woman at a nearby club called Fubar.”

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    I don’t know what Fubar means, but Daryl could have been f—-d up beyond all recognition.

  3. Head butts, tire irons, chucking objects at each other… sounds like just your everyday WWE match!

  4. “OMG, someone call the cops! That old guy we hired as a stripper is headbutting his mother outside!”.

  5. ” ….. signing a seven-year, $34.8 million contract with the Broncos in 2003. He was suspended twice for conduct detrimental to the team and played in only five games in Denver, and the Broncos’ decision to sign him is often cited as one of the worst contracts in NFL history.”
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    Daniel Snyder likes the cut of his jib. Just like Shanahan did.

  6. Alas, his gig as Brandon Marshall’s marriage counselor has taken a turn for the worse

  7. Holy crap, I can’t believe both PFT and PFT Planet (as of submission of this comment, at least) are sleeping on the fact that this is Daryl “IHOP” Gardner, infamous for breaking his hand punching some guy outside the International House of Pancakes at two or three in the morning. In the off-season after signing a lucrative free agent deal with Denver– before he’d ever played a down. He never got out of Shanahan’s doghouse. Huge FA bust. I’m completely unsurprised that the tool did something else stupid.

  8. Zach Thomas once bought him am expensive watch, for keeping OL off of him, as a gift. DG threw it in the trash. The guy is not playing with 52 cards.

  9. “……and while the fact that the arrest took place at a sorority house …..”

    The sorority house is a non-issue b/c the only reason he was there was to drop off one his passengers, some guy named Ben.

  10. A former pro DL, then a pro bodybuilder… just possible that they might want to check for whether or not drugs were involved somehow.

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