Police: Lucky Whitehead’s identity was “falsely provided” during arrest

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Police in Prince William County, Virginia recently arrested a man named Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr. The only problem is that it wasn’t the Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr. who used to play for the Dallas Cowboys.

In a lengthy statement, the authorities have admitted that Lucky Whitehead’s identity was “falsely provided” after an arrest for petit larceny. Amazingly, the man didn’t have a fake ID (or any ID at all); however, the man “verbally provide[d] identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.”

To be sure, police compared the man to the photo on file with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. And they concluded that it was a match.

“Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided,” the statement reads.

It’s impossible for any of us to compare the photo of the man to a photo of Lucky Whitehead because, apparently, no mug shot was taken. Which could make it even harder for the authorities to catch the real criminal.

As to Whitehead, the case still isn’t officially closed. “[T]he police department is working with the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to clear Mr. Whitehead from this investigation,” the statement explains.

Hopefully, it’ll become official ASAP.

30 responses to “Police: Lucky Whitehead’s identity was “falsely provided” during arrest

  1. They should pay his salary for the year…They arrest and charge someone but don’t take a mug shot…hmmmm

  2. hmmm….

    Maybe I watch too many sports based TV shows, but this seems like a convenient result…

    No mug shot… acting on good faith… nice work Keystone Cops… no ID, no problem?

  3. The fact that the Cowboys jumped the gun on this is a strong suggestion that they don’t know the first thing about the right way to with their players’ transgressions.

    In other words, it’s more evidence that they are not at all in the practice of taking their players’ transgressions seriously, either, and are more interested in looking like they take them seriously.

    They have protested in the past that their “wait and see” approach with better players was out of a desire to do the “due diligence.” Now we see what they actually think of due diligence.

  4. Jul 25, 2017 12:21 PM
    Real nice for the Pokes to wait a few days to get to the truth. What a messed up bad karma organization!
    Said the fan of an organization who’s fans have a sheet of bad karma a mile long, from a city thats greatest champion is a work of fiction, and employed a convicted felon. Your opinion is worthless.

  5. Got to love that an article bashing the Cowboys for being too hasty appears a few hours after an article bashing them for not doing enough about players in legal trouble. What a joke. I hope Mr. Whitehead can catch on with another team.

  6. Virginia. There’s a guy in that state who was born on the same day as me, has the exact same name, middle name included, who has multiple DUI’s and all kinds of other charges. That dude has screwed me over. I had to jump through hoops just to renew my drivers license.

  7. What would you expect from Jerrah and the Cowgirls…Defend the convicts and release the innocent.

  8. The fact that the Cowboys jumped the gun on this is a strong suggestion that they don’t know the first thing about the right way to with their players’ transgressions.
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    The fact that they drafted Ryan Switzer in APRIL suggests that they knew EXACTLY what their plans were for Lucky. This latest distraction just expedited things…

  9. It says a lot about the Cowboys to be honest. Behind all the headlining nonsense that Jerrah spews, it probably really is a dysfunctional mess down there.

  10. So, basically, the cops/ court system in this VA county didn’t do any of the things they’re supposed to do when arresting someone and prosecuting them for a crime? Ridiculous and shameful. As anyone who has had dealings with the US legal system knows, whatever the police/ courts choose to say or do to you/ about you is the REAL law, and unless you can afford to pay a lawyer the truth, and your “rights” are just meaningless concepts you have no power to see enforced. Stuff like this makes you wonder how many people who couldn’t afford a lawyer have been shaken down for fine money, probation fees etc. and/or served jail time in this VA county simply because they were too poor to fight back. Rest assured, if Lucky had not lawyered up, he’d have been punished to the fullest extent the law allowed.

  11. Not that I ever root for the Patriots but I bet Belichick could claim him and make a role playing/special team STAR

  12. Whitehead was on the wrong side of the bubble headed into camp. His pending lawsuit against Prince William County will probably net him more than the $615k he most likely wasn’t going to get from Dallas. That doesn’t mean the team doesn’t have egg on it’s face for the way they kicked him to the curb after standing by numerous higher profile miscreants.

  13. Aw c’mon – he breaks the law, looks like a former cowboy and says he’s a former cowboy. 99 out of 100 times it’s gonna be a former cowboy.

  14. I’m also thinking these policemen are more than a little confused about what actually constitutes ‘acting in good faith’ as regards any citizen who is theoretically “innocent until proven guilty in a court of law” …?

  15. Those blaming the Cowboys are idiots. What kind of police department conducts themselves this way? No accountability? A criminal provided false information and they just accept it and let him role on his way? wow…the Cowboys didn’t release him because of this infraction, there have been a number of things going on with Lucky, many of which have not been covered by pft.

  16. From what I understand, the Cowboys are not bringing him back. First they called it behavioral issues (when the story broke), then they turn around and call it quality control after the story is debunked. I hope this kid gets picked up by an NFC East team and plays lights-out.

  17. Yet people in this country, particularly the southern region, are so willing to give up freedoms under ironic names like the “patriot act” and frown upon anyone questioning authority when it involves military or law enforcement.

  18. Once again, more evidence that star players aren’t treated the same at all. Bad policework and possibly even identity theft, yet was instantly cut.

    Also shows that people reading need to learn to WAIT, and stop judging off of little information. Everybody was bashing him before; made fun of him claiming he didn’t know what was going on, and saying he should be cut. Now he’s cut and oh look – he really didn’t know what was going on.

  19. The thing that makes me pause to blame the cops completely is that the dude had Lucky Whitehead’s social security number and supposedly looked enough like him that the cops bought it. My suspicion is that maybe a family member thought he could get away with the crime if he convinced the cops he was an NFL player. Nobody comes out of this looking good, though.

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