Browns cut Ausar Walcott hours after attempted murder charge

For the second time today, an NFL player facing serious criminal charges has been released.

The Patriots cutting Aaron Hernandez hours after he was arrested in connection with the death of Odin Lloyd will get much more attention, but the Browns have also released linebacker Ausar Walcott, hours after he was charged with attempted murder.

Walcott allegedly punched a man in the head on Sunday, and that man remains hospitalized in critical condition.

An undrafted rookie free agent, Walcott had an uphill battle just to make the Browns’ 53-man roster, so it’s not at all surprising that the Browns decided they’d rather not deal with any distractions his criminal charges could bring. (It is surprising that the Patriots acted faster in cutting Hernandez than the Browns acted in cutting Walcott.) The Browns initially released a statement saying they were aware of the situation and would not comment on an ongoing legal matter, but it didn’t take them long to decide that the simplest statement would be to announce that they cut Walcott.

38 responses to “Browns cut Ausar Walcott hours after attempted murder charge

  1. Yea I guess the Browns should have been very concerned about cutting Walcott before the Patriots cut Hernandez. That’s what is important here.

  2. When asked what in god’s name would drive him to such reckless behavior after AH’s sticky situation, Walcottt told the press that unlike kids in the past who wanted “To Be Like Mike,” he wanted “To Be Like Aaron.” He then jumped in his rented car with his “associates,” and left the parking lot of the strip club.

  3. How is he charged with attempted murder for a single punch? That used to be assault/battery and if somebody eventually died it would go up to manslaughter or maybe worse. There has to be more to this story

  4. fdugrad says:
    Jun 26, 2013 1:12 PM
    When asked what in god’s name would drive him to such reckless behavior after AH’s sticky situation, Walcottt told the press that unlike kids in the past who wanted “To Be Like Mike,” he wanted “To Be Like Aaron.” He then jumped in his rented car with his “associates,” and left the parking lot of the strip club.

    Even the NBA would call this REACH

  5. If you knock someone out and the suffer life threatening injuries from the fall (ie falling head or face first on the pavement) or anything else such as major head trauma, you can be charged with attempted murder. I don’t know if that’s what happened but I would assume that’s the case.

  6. When will these guys ever use their brain, have a chance to make tons of money, looked on as Gods by fans and they put themselves in these spots. They do not deserve second chances, they were too stupid on the first chance.

  7. Several people seem surprised that the charge is attempted murder, due to the fact he “only” punched someone. I imagine it is not the act, or necessarily the “weapon,” in this case being a fist. It must be the RESULT of the punch landing the victim in the hospital in CRITICAL condition. It wouldn’t shock me to learn that just about EVERY normal, walking-around-guy would end up in this condition if somebody big and strong enough to be a LINEBACKER punched him in the face. If the victim dies, it is really going to hit the fan regarding the kinds of kids teams bring into their organizations!

  8. Don’t understand why its surprising. Is there some kind of race to see who gets ther’re cut in first? leave it to journalists to always try to put a spin on things.

  9. fdugrad says: Jun 26, 2013 1:44 PM “If the victim dies, it is really going to hit the fan regarding the kinds of kids teams bring into their organizations!” Lombardi said it’s about winning and nothing else. Fans don’t care about character; morals; etc “it’s about winning” “win baby win”.

    What a wonderful legacy we’re giving out youngsters!

  10. Things are only going to get worse when punching someone brings attempted murder charge. . . might as well get a gun a shoot someone, at least the charge would fit the crime.

  11. Different situations here. Odin Lloyd was killed by an act that was meant to kill. The victim here was hurt by an act that was not meant to kill. It’s manslaughter at the highest, not murder. No chance he gets convicted of murder.

  12. back in the day punching someone was only an assault charge.
    Attempted murder for a punch! Does this guy have bricks for hands?

    Back in my day, (in the 60s & 70s) punching someone and putting them in a coma was an automatic 1st Degree Felony Charge in NY. If he dies, it automatically jumps to a Homicide even if he was wearing mittens, on his knees or laying down when he threw the punch.

  13. It doesn’t make any sense to fight nowadays. People sue like crazy and, if the person were to fall and hit their head on the curb you go down for murder. He had a slim chance to make the roster anyway, but damn, to waste that less than a month before training camp is just sad.

  14. How long before Hernandez and Walcott join the concussion suit? Walcott did take part in NFL practices he could have gotten a concussion

  15. Is it just me, or do the Browns appear to be adding chapters to the “Factory of Sadness” book even faster than before?

    Pretty soon, some Hollywood producer will be doing a film titled “The Bad News Browns”.

  16. do any of these a-holes know how to stay in their shoes and stay out of trouble? Dumb MFers–they deserve what they get

  17. A lot of stupid comments here from people, including those from that don’t press links or read. Among the three charges, he was charged with second-degree aggravated assault.

    Now I’ll get to my own stupid portion of my comment: why couldn’t he have saved his death punch for Joe Banner or Jimmy Haslam?

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