The Miami Herald reports today that 10 months ago, six police officers were needed to restrain Bess during an incident in his home that ended up with Bess being hospitalized against his will. It is unclear why that incident never previously became public, and it is also unclear whether the Browns knew about it when they acquired Bess in a trade with the Dolphins a month later.
According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office report, during that previous incident Bess was screaming, “Hide the guns,” “Where is my weed,” and “I want to get in the end zone; throw me the football.”
The arrest report for the incident this morning said that Bess was seen in the airport “acting irrationally,” singing and dancing with his pants falling down, and that when he was confronted by a police officer, he took off his shirt and assumed a fighting stance.
The 28-year-old Bess had a rough upbringing and spent 15 months in a juvenile detention center as a teenager, but during his NFL career he has been lauded for turning his life around, and the Dolphins even made him their Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee in 2011. During the 2013 season, however, reports began to surface that he was having personal and family problems, and the Browns shut him down for the season with two games left, citing an unspecified “illness.” Whatever problems Bess is having, here’s hoping he gets the help he needs.