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Weird details abound in Daryl Gardener’s arrest

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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.

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20 Responses to “Weird details abound in Daryl Gardener’s arrest”
  1. hanktheking says: Jul 1, 2011 4:39 PM

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

  2. dempsey63 says: Jul 1, 2011 4:40 PM

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

    * * * * * * * * * *

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

  3. tombrookshire says: Jul 1, 2011 4:44 PM

    Sounds like Gardner’s post NFL life is a little FUBAR.

  4. urlacherbacker says: Jul 1, 2011 4:49 PM

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

  5. hobartbaker says: Jul 1, 2011 5:02 PM

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

  6. emil4423 says: Jul 1, 2011 5:05 PM

    Of course we needed to know his latest facebook post

  7. citizenstrange says: Jul 1, 2011 5:12 PM

    ” ….. 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.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Daniel Snyder likes the cut of his jib. Just like Shanahan did.

  8. upperdecker19 says: Jul 1, 2011 5:17 PM

    Nothing good happens after 12:00 AM

    Regards,
    Herm Edwards

  9. raynman49 says: Jul 1, 2011 5:31 PM

    Body builder? ROID RAGE!

  10. joelvis72 says: Jul 1, 2011 5:50 PM

    Poor fellow, he’s stressing over his heart.

  11. tjrubleysaudible says: Jul 1, 2011 6:01 PM

    Sounds like a Mortal Combat bout, “Ready….FIGHT!”.

  12. beastofeden says: Jul 1, 2011 6:19 PM

    Hobart Baker is the funniest commentor on this site hands down. I love your work, HB.

  13. barklikeadog says: Jul 1, 2011 8:19 PM

    Agreed beastofeden!

  14. FinFan68 says: Jul 1, 2011 9:20 PM

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

  15. lostsok says: Jul 1, 2011 9:56 PM

    Good old Gardner. Looked like Tarzan…played like Jane.

  16. abninf says: Jul 1, 2011 10:06 PM

    He’s using Facebook and not Twitter? You can tell he’s been out of the league awhile.

  17. rushbacker says: Jul 2, 2011 7:08 AM

    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.

  18. dutchman1350 says: Jul 2, 2011 8:29 AM

    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.

  19. corvusrex96 says: Jul 2, 2011 9:00 AM

    “……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.

  20. stavreafavre says: Jul 2, 2011 4:41 PM

    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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