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Cardinals linebacker Alex Okafor arrested in Austin

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The moves and machinations involved with the imminent opening of the free agent market are dominating the headlines right now, but not every piece of news involving an NFL player is about their contract status.

There’s also the familiar offseason news of a player running afoul of law enforcement and Cardinals linebacker Alex Okafor did that early Monday morning in Austin, Texas.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that Okafor, who played his college ball at the University of Texas, was arrested on Monday morning. for resisting arrest. According to Travis County jail records, he remained in custody several hours later although other details about the arrest are still pending because affidavits concerning the arrest haven’t been fully processed.

Okafor was a 2013 fourth-round pick by the Cardinals and led the team in sacks with eight last season.

UPDATE 12:35 p.m. ET: Police spokesman David Boyd said, via the Statesman, that Okafor was arrested after “he fled on foot” when police officers responded to a disturbance in downtown Austin early Monday morning. Boyd did not offer more information on the nature of the original disturbance or about a warrant that was out for his arrest on a previous Class C misdemeanor.

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Jarrett Bush arrested for public intoxication in California

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Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush has run into some trouble with the law in California.

Solano County jail logs show that Bush was booked early on Sunday morning by the Vacaville Police Department on a charge of disorderly conduct while under the influence. There aren’t any specifics about what Bush did to land in hot water.

The booking log shows that Bush was held on the misdemeanor charge with a bail charge of $1,600. WBAY reports, via KTVU in San Francisco, that Bush, who is from Vacaville, was detained and eventually released.

Bush has been a member of the Packers since 2006 and has been a core member of their special teams, but is a little more than a week away from becoming a free agent. We’ll see if this arrest impacts how things play out on that front.

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Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham was arrested in late December

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A long run without an arrest by an NFL player came to an end when Vikings cornerback Jabari Price was arrested on DWI charges on December 29.

He wasn’t the only player to find himself in some trouble with the law that day. Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham was arrested after police were called to his New Jersey apartment that afternoon.

A spokesman for the Union County Prosecutor’s office didn’t offer many details of what caused the call and said, via, that Cunningham was charged with third-degree invasion of privacy under a state law that prohibits the disclosure of sexual images of a person without the individual’s consent. He was also charged with destruction of clothing and illegally transporting a firearm after a .380 handgun was found in his glove compartment during a search performed with Cunningham’s consent.

Cunningham, a former Patriots second-round pick who missed the 2014 season on injured reserve with an Achilles injury, was processed and released without bail. The Jets are aware of the arrest, but neither they nor Cunningham, who will be a free agent in March, had any comment.

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Jerome Simpson in more legal trouble

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Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson will serve the final game of his three-game suspension this week, but his return to eligibility may be a short one.

Ben Goessling of reports that Simpson, suspended after being arrested for DUI last year, has a court date on November 3 in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Simpson was cited, but not arrested, on misdemeanor charges of violating a limited license, marijuana possession and open bottle after being pulled over in a traffic stop on July 7.

Simpson’s current suspension is his second handed down by the league. He was previously suspended for three games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy in 2012 after being arrested on drug charges while he was a member of the Bengals in 2011.

A third suspension would likely be longer than three games given Simpson’s history and it could bring an end to his time in Minnesota, unless the Vikings don’t decide to just move on once Simpson’s suspension ends when Week Three comes to a close.

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Jets sixth-round pick Quincy Enunwa was arrested over the weekend

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Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa had a short stay on the team’s 53-man roster before being dropped to the practice squad when the team claimed former Cardinals wideout Walter Powell off waivers and his attempt to climb back up the ladder won’t be helped by the fact that he was arrested over the weekend.

TMZ reports that Enunwa was arrested on Sunday evening after getting into a fight at a New Jersey hotel. Enunwa, who was staying at the hotel, was reportedly charged with simple assault and his alleged victim suffered minor injuries that didn’t require a trip to the hospital. There’s no word on what touched off the altercation.

Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed that Enunwa was arrested at his Wednesday press conference, but wouldn’t go into further details of what he referred to as an ongoing legal matter.

Enunwa was a sixth-round pick by the Jets in May after completing his career at Nebraska.

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Akeem Spence arrested on marijuana charge

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A traffic stop in Flomaton, Alabama led to an arrest on marijuana charges for Buccaneers defensive tackle Akeem Spence on Tuesday.

According to a report from, which covers Escambia County in Alabama, Spence was pulled over by an Alabama state trooper while going faster than 100 mph. A search of the vehicle by a K-9 unit uncovered marijuana, leading Spence to be booked. Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times confirmed the arrest with the Escambia County Sheriff and that he’s been charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana & drug paraphernalia.

He was released a short time later on a $3,000 bond. The Buccaneers told WTSP in Tampa that they are still gathering information about what happened and had no other comment. It’s the second arrest of a Bucs player in less than a week after running back Michael Hill was arrested for failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest in Missouri last week.

Spence just completed his rookie year with the Buccaneers, who traded up to select him in the fourth round. Spence started 14 games in 2013, recording 29 tackles and a sack.

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Former Titan Jamie Harper arrested

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We haven’t heard much of anything about running back Jamie Harper since he was released by the Titans in May and it turns out that no news was better than the news that broke the dry spell.

Harper was arrested in Franklin, Tennessee last Saturday after a fight with his girlfriend. WKRN-TV reports that Harper was charged with domestic assault after an incident at a hotel.

Harper’s girlfriend called the police to report that she had been injured in a physical argument and then called them again two hours later when Harper returned to the hotel room and banged on the door “so hard the walls of the room were shaking.” Police responded after Harper left, but found him a short time later and their report says he told them he’d been in a fight with his girlfriend and “pushed” his way past her.

A fourth-round pick in 2011, Harper had 64 yards on 36 rushes for the Titans over the last two seasons. He hasn’t generated much interest from other teams and his current legal troubles could help ensure things remain that way.

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Chad Johnson arrested for probation violation

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Last week, a judge in Florida issued an arrest warrant for former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson for violating his probation on a domestic violence charge from last summer.

Johnson was reportedly out of the state at the time that the warrant was issued, but he’s back in Florida on Monday and TMZ reports that he’s now under arrest. Per the report, which features a picture of Johnson being cuffed by police officers, Johnson appeared in the Broward County courtroom and the judge ruled that he had violated his probation by missing two visits with his probation officer and failing to produce proof that he had enrolled in a domestic violence education class.

Johnson was placed on probation when he pleaded no contest to charges stemming from an incident with his then-wife Evelyn Lozada last August. Johnson’s arrest led to his release by the Dolphins and, most likely, the end of a professional football career that was already on its last legs.

There’s no word yet on bail or future court dates for Johnson.

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Daryl Washington arrested on assault charges

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News broke earlier this week that Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was under investigation for a domestic violence incident and there has been a new development in the case.

It’s not a good one for Washington. Mia Garcia of FOX 10 in Phoenix and other local outlets are reporting that Washington has been arrested on two counts of aggravated assault. Per the original police report, the alleged victim, Washington’s ex-girlfriend, showed “clear indications” of having been attacked and claimed that Washington had choked her.

Washington, who met with police on Thursday about the allegations, is already suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season due to a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Should he be convicted of a crime in this case, he could face another suspension during the season for violating the Personal Conduct Policy.

“These are serious accusations that we are closely monitoring,” the Cardinals said in a statement before Washington was arrested. “Until all the facts are determined, and out of respect for the process, we will decline any further comment at this point.”

A wise position to take given how much still needs to play out in this case, but there’s no doubt that the offseason has not gone well for one of the Cardinals’ defensive leaders.

UPDATE 3:56 p.m. ET: Washington has released a statement.

“This is a legal matter and I am limited in what I can say other than that my lawyer and I will continue to cooperate with investigators and welcome the opportunity for all the facts to be presented. I regret that the situation has brought this kind of attention to my family and my team. I look forward to resolving it as soon as possible.”

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Projected draftee Tharold Simon arrested on Thursday

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Cornerback Tharold Simon expected to hear his name called from the Radio City Music Hall podium sometime on Saturday, but having it called by police on Thursday could get in the way of that.

Simon, who went to LSU, was arrested in Eunice, Louisiana and charged with public intimidation, resisting an officer and unnecessary noise violation. KATC-TV reports that a police report alleges an officer asked Simon to move his car and Simon responded by telling the officer “I own Eunice” and “you are gonna be mine” before eventually moving. The report goes on to say Simon “backed the vehicle in an aggressive manner” and turned the radio up while moving his car. Finally, Simon is accused of telling the officer that the mayor of Eunice was on his side and that the officer would be fired for writing him a ticket.

KATC-TV also spoke to the aforementioned mayor and Rusty Moody said that the town would go ahead with a ceremony proclaiming today “Tharold Simon” day in Eunice.

“In the United States, our justice system says everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” Moody said.

Indeed it does, but the NFL Draft doesn’t work the same way. Simon was projected to be a middle-round pick in this year’s draft and we’ll see whether this incident, which seems to show poor judgment more than criminal intent, has any impact on that status.

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Quentin Groves arrested for solicitation

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It didn’t take Browns linebacker Quentin Groves long to get in trouble in his new town.

Groves, who signed with the Browns as a free agent earlier this offseason, was arrested for solicitation. According to a report in Cleveland Scene magazine that has been confirmed by Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Groves was arrested at a hotel after responding to an ad from a prostitute promising “full service” that turned out to be a sting run by police in the towns of Beechwood and Orange along with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department.

Groves allegedly agreed to a price for sex acts on a call before arriving at the hotel — one hour of time for $100 with an additional $20 for a particular sex act — and became one of 14 men arrested as part of the operation. The report also states that $195.70 and a box of Magnum condoms were seized as evidence in the arrest, which took place while the Browns were holding a minicamp last week. Groves was not absent for any of that minicamp.

Groves, who signed a two-year deal with the Browns, is due in court on May 10. Neither the Browns nor Groves’ agent responded to requests for comment.

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Bryan Thomas applies for probation for October arrest

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Not much that went on with the Jets this season behind the scenes managed to stay out of the press, but the arrest of linebacker Bryan Thomas during the season was kept under wraps until Tuesday.

The Morris County Daily Record in New Jersey reports that Thomas has applied for admission into a probation program to resolve charges from his October 31st arrest. Thomas has been charged with assaulting his wife, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of 20 tablets of suspected hydrocodone.

According to the complaint, Thomas “allegedly pushed his wife with a kitchen chair (the weapon cited in the charges), punched her in the stomach, and grabbed her by the neck, causing pain and marks on her body.” Police found the drugs and paraphernalia at Thomas’s home.

Thomas posted $2,500 bail on those charges at the time. If he is allowed into the pre-trial diversion program for first-time offenders, the charges would be dismissed and his criminal record cleared upon completion of the conditions of probation.

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Jaguars defensive tackle Nate Collins arrested

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Nate Collins hasn’t made too many headlines on the field during his two seasons with the Jaguars, but he made one off the field when he was arrested for marijuana possession.

The Fauquier Times-Democrat reported Monday that Collins was arrested during a traffic stop last Thursday in Warrenton, Virginia. State troopers initially pulled Collins over for having illegally tinted windows and, per the Times-Democrat, they smelled marijuana in the car. A subsequent search turned up joints in a bag in the trunk. Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union tried to get comment from the police and Collins about the arrest, but was turned down on both fronts.

Collins had 10 tackles in 12 games for the Jaguars this season. He’s scheduled to be an exclusive rights free agent this offseason.

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Bryan McCann denies he was intoxicated

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Cowboys cornerback Bryan McCann has issued a statement regarding his Saturday arrest on charges of public intoxication.

“To my family, friends, coaches, teammates, and all Dallas Cowboy & SMU fans, my good name and reputation mean everything to me,” the statement reads.  “I have never been arrested before and take pride in conducting myself at all times in a responsible and respectful manner off the football field. I was not intoxicated and did not pose a danger to myself or others.”

Per the earlier reports, McCann was arrested and taken into a Dallas detox center at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and released eight hours later. There have been no details released about what led to McCann’s arrest, but the charge does require officers to consider the intoxicated party to be a danger to themselves or others.

McCann’s statement wound up with a promise to fight the charges.

“I am very grateful that, due to the Constitution and Americans’ strong and enduring belief in due process, I am presumed innocent of this public intoxication charge because I am innocent.  I look forward to vigorously defending myself in a court of law.  I thank you for your continued support.”

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Cowboys cornerback Bryan McCann arrested

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The lockout hasn’t kept NFL players from running afoul of the law, with Cowboys cornerback Bryan McCann the latest to show up on a police blotter.

WFAA-TV in Dallas was the first to report that the Cowboys cornerback was arrested early Saturday morning. He was charged with public intoxication, taken to the city detox center at 3:00 a.m. and released eight hours later. The television station had no details about what behavior led to the arrest. Neither McCann nor his agents responded to a request for comment from on the incident.

The NFL plans to deal with McCann, and other players arrested during the lockout, under the Personal Conduct Policy once the league resumes normal operations. It remains to be seen if they’ll be successful in punishing players for what they do while away from work during a time that they are prevented from working.

McCann joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of SMU before the 2010 season. He was mostly a backup, but made two standout plays during his rookie season. He returned an interception 101 yards for a touchdown in a win against the Giants and took a punt back 97 yards against the Lions the next week.  He was named NFC defensive player of the week and NFC special-teams player of the week for his efforts.

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