POSTED AT 2:02 PM ET, 01/ 7/2010
Should NY let Plaxico go free?
According to reports, former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress won't be getting out of any time soon. New York state Department of Correctional Services rejected his request for work release apparently agreeing with prosecutors who had argued that it was too soon. Do you agree with that decision? Vote now:
POSTED AT 1:39 PM ET, 04/ 1/2009
DUI Manslaughter for Donte Stallworth
The AP is reporting that:
"Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth will be charged with DUI manslaughter after a Miami car crash that killed a pedestrian, according to people familiar with the case.
Two people said an arrest warrant charging the 28-year-old Stallworth with DUI manslaughter will be filed Wednesday in the March 14 accident that killed 59-year-old Mario Reyes. The people requested anonymity because the charges haven't been announced.
The charge carries a possible 15-year prison sentence. Stallworth's blood-alcohol level after the crash was .12, well above Florida's legal limit of .08, according to results of a blood test. Stallworth will also be charged with DUI, according to the people informed about the case.
Stallworth, who is expected to surrender in court Thursday, released a statement last month saying he was "grief-stricken" over the accident."
Stay tuned to NFL Crime Watch as this story develops
POSTED AT 9:35 AM ET, 03/31/2009
How Much Time Will Burress Serve?
Burress faces weapon possession charges and a possible jail sentence of 3-1/2 to 15 years in connection with the November incident in which he shot himself in the leg at a New York nightclub.
ESPN is reporting that the trail will be postponed to June 15th in the hopes of negotiating a plea bargain, but it is unlikely that such a deal wouldn't include jail time for Burress.
So the question for you NFL Crime Watch readers, how much time will Burress serve?
POSTED AT 1:23 AM ET, 03/ 2/2009
Brandon Marshall Arrested Again
Fresh off the wires, Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall was arrested in Atlanta for disorderly conduct after allegedly being involved in a fight. Stay tuned to NFL Crime Watch as this story develops.
"Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall was arrested in Atlanta on Sunday on a disorderly conduct charge stemming from a fight. His latest run-in with the law could result in a lengthy suspension from the NFL.
Marshall arrived at the jail at 5:50 a.m. on a disorderly conduct charge and was released five hours later after posting $300 bond, said Lt. Joseph, the supervisor at the Atlanta City Jail who declined to give his first name.
Joseph told The Associated Press that Marshall was due in court at 8 a.m. Monday, but he had no other details on his arrest.
ESPN first reported Marshall's latest arrest, his fourth since March 2006."
POSTED AT 6:25 PM ET, 03/ 1/2009
Jags Reggie Williams Busted for Pot
According to reports, Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Reggie Williams was arrested early Friday, in Houston, after he was pulled over during what police described as a routine traffic stop. Officers allegedly smelled marijuana and alcohol. During a search of the vehicle a small amount of marijuana in the console, according to police.
POSTED AT 12:10 PM ET, 02/20/2009
Marshawn Lynch Charged on 3 Gun Misdemeanors
From the wires:
CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch was charged with three gun-related misdemeanors Thursday after his arrest last week in Southern California.
Lynch was charged in Los Angeles County Superior Court with possessing a concealed, loaded and unregistered firearm, police Detective Ryan Thompson said.
Lynch was arrested on Feb. 11 after police smelled marijuana coming from a parked car that Lynch occupied with two other men. Officers searched the vehicle and found a loaded pistol and four marijuana cigarettes. They did not book any of the men for any drug offenses.
"We would have preferred no criminal charges. However, given that charges were filed we are pleased that they are misdemeanors as opposed to felonies," said Lynch's attorney, Gerald Schwartzbach.
Lynch's arraignment is scheduled for March 3.
The arrest was his second brush with the law in less than a year. In June, Lynch pleaded guilty to a traffic violation and admitted driving off after striking a female pedestrian with his car near Buffalo's downtown bar district on May 31.
Bills coach Dick Jauron said he was not pleased with the latest arrest, though it was unclear if the team would reprimand the 22-year-old running back.
"You never like to see any Bills names or really an NFL name in the news in regards to those kinds of incidents," he said Thursday during a news conference at a scouting combine in Indianapolis.
The league has yet to determine whether the charges against Lynch warrants disciplinary action -- including the possibility of suspension without pay -- for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Lynch, the Bills' first-round draft pick out of California in 2007, played in his first Pro Bowl earlier this month.
POSTED AT 6:28 PM ET, 02/12/2009
49ers Roderick Green Arrested
From the Associated Press
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Roderick Green was arrested after he became uncooperative during a traffic stop in his hometown of Brenham.
A Washington County sheriff's deputy walked to the passenger side of Green's truck after pulling it over for speeding Feb. 2, said Janie Hart, a sheriff's department patrol clerk. When the deputy instructed the occupants to roll down the slightly open window, the window was rolled up instead, Hart said Thursday.
After returning to the patrol car, the deputy approached the driver's side and told Green to get out of the truck. He complied and was arrested. Hart said he was eventually charged with four misdemeanors -- reckless driving, unlawfully carrying a weapon, possession of marijuana and interfering with the duties of a police officer.
Green was released on a personal recognizance bond the day after the arrest, Hart said. Green's agent, James Selmer, didn't return a call seeking comment.
The 26-year-old Green, an unrestricted free agent, had 12 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks last season, his third with the 49ers. He spent his first two years in the NFL with Baltimore.
POSTED AT 3:52 PM ET, 02/ 8/2009
Jamal Anderson Busted for Coke, Pot
According to the Associated Press, Jamal Anderson, the former Atlanta Falcons running back, who popularized the "Dirty Bird" touchdown celebration, was arrested early this morning for felony drug possession.
"Former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson has been charged with felony cocaine possession and misdemeanor marijuana possession after being arrested at an Atlanta nightclub, authorities said Sunday.
Anderson, a fan favorite who created the "Dirty Bird" touchdown celebration dance, played eight seasons for the Falcons before leaving the team with a knee injury in 2001.
Atlanta police spokesman Officer Otis Redmond said Anderson, 36, was arrested early Sunday at the Peachtree Tavern in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead district. Redmond said a second man, whose name was not immediately available, also was arrested.
Redmond said an off-duty officer working in security at the club alerted police. Redmond said both men allegedly had powder cocaine in their possession and that Anderson also had a suspected marijuana cigarette in his pocket.
Anderson and the other man were taken to Fulton County jail. Anderson has a court hearing on the charge at 11 a.m Monday, authorities said.
Anderson helped lead the Falcons to their first NFC title in 1998, when he rushed for 1,846 yards and set an NFL record for carries in a season with 410. It was his only Pro Bowl season. The Falcons lost to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl that season.
Anderson was drafted out of Utah by the Falcons in the seventh round of the 1994 NFL draft, No. 201 overall."
POSTED AT 7:03 AM ET, 02/ 2/2009
Super Bowl Crime Watch
Here's the tale of the yellow tape from Super Bowl XLIII according to the wires. Tampa police made 26 arrests and had 18 ejections from the game.
"Police say they charged nine people with selling counterfeit tickets Sunday. One person is charged with selling counterfeit NFL merchandise. Two others were charged with selling fake credentials to the game.
Two people allegedly tried to steal their way into the stadium. Police say they swiped one fan's tickets, but dropped them while attempting to flee from officers. The tickets were worth $800 apiece."
My personal favorite: One driver got charged with DUI after a crash involving a police horse. The horse and its officer were not injured, according to the AP.
POSTED AT 2:10 PM ET, 01/23/2009
Is Michael Vick a Psychopath?
In a fax dated today, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) President Ingrid E. Newkirk asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to take a hard look at Michael Vick's mental health before deciding whether to let him return to the NFL.
Vick, formerly a star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, was convicted of dogfighting conspiracy charges in August, 2007, and could be released from federal prison as early as this summer. While acknowledging that Vick "has apologized publicly and to me personally," Newkirk wrote that his behavior "seems to fit the established profile of antisocial personality disorder."
Those who suffer from the disorder are referred to as psychopaths "in the common parlance," Newkirk wrote, and their prognosis for recovery is poor. She asked the commissioner to have Vick submit to psychological testing in order to determine his condition before deciding whether to let him back into the league.
PETA had been working with Vick and the NFL, but earlier this week withdrew support for an anti-dogfighting Public Service Announcement that Vick was to star in. This decision appears to be in part a result of the USDA report released two months ago. The report, Newkirk wrote, is "so disturbing that it cannot be dismissed."
"When the report was released, the world already knew that Michael had electrocuted, strangled, drowned, and shot dogs (although it now seems that he used a variety of guns, as if that in itself were a sport)," she wrote in today's FAX. "The last USDA report also shows that Michael wanted losing dogs killed rather than given away and that he put family pets into the pit with the fighting dogs."
Psychopaths lack the ability to put themselves in their victims' place (i.e., to feel empathy), Newkirk noted, fail to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behavior, are frequently manipulative and charming, lie easily, take pleasure in the suffering of others, and have difficulty controlling their impulses. Moreover,, "Cruelty to animals is a well-established predictor of psychopathic behavior..."
Turning from psychiatry to merchandising, Newkirk suggested to Goodell that Vick "is not the kind of person who should be offered as a role model. Severe and repeated acts of cruelty to animals are, of course, not what football fans, particularly children, need to think about when they see a football star, or buy a jersey or an autographed picture. Michael's appalling acts of cruelty to animals will always be a part of his image. That will not go away."
So what do you think? Is Vick a psychopath? Should Roger Goodell force him to take the psychological exams, or has he served his time and now deserves a second chance? Let us know.
POSTED AT 12:34 PM ET, 01/14/2009
Michael Irvin Ok After Gun Incident
In one of the more bizarre car jacking incidents in recent memory, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin went unharmed when his attacker recognized him and the two began talking football.
According to NFL News Feed, the 42-year-old Hall of Famer was "unharmed in an incident Monday night in the Dallas area in which a person in another vehicle pointed a gun at him.
According to the Morning News, which cited a police report, the Hall of Fame wide receiver and broadcaster was in a vehicle and was stopped at a red light when the driver of a vehicle next to him rolled down the window. Irvin rolled down his window and saw a passenger in the other vehicle holding a gun, according to the Morning News.
But the passenger recognized Irvin and, according to the report, the two talked about the Cowboys before the other vehicle drove off.
"The passenger pulled out a semiautomatic and I knew what time it was," Irvin told the Morning News in an interview. "But he said, 'Oh, that's Michael Irvin, with the Dallas Cowboys.'... So we started talking about the Cowboys and everything. Then they got back on the highway."
Irvin told the newspaper he was scared but kept the conversation going.
"I tell you what, I'm glad he was a Cowboy fan," Irvin told the Morning News."