While the stories about Aaron Hernandez’s arrest have swirled throughout the sports pages and websites the past 24 hours, Hernandez wasn’t the only NFL player making the jurisprudence files.
Cleveland Browns linebacker Ausar Walcott, who signed with the team as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Virginia, has been cut by the team after being arrested on a charge of attempted murder for punching a man outside of a gentleman's club in northern New Jersey.
Walcott is no stranger to being on the wrong side of the law. In 2011, he was involved in an incident where he faced assault and battery charges while at Virigina.
Walcott reportedly sought help and claimed to have learned from his experience at Virginia, maintaining that he was “merely at the scene of a fight.” At the time, Walcott worked hard to keep himself out of situations that might land him in trouble and took advantage of an opportunity to have a second chance when charges were dropped after nearly being kicked off the football team.
Walcott’s arrest on Tuesday gives rise to a disturbing recent trend. 28 players have been arrested since the conclusion of last season’s Super Bowl on February third.
As for the man that Walcott is alleged to have punched, he is identified as Derrick Jones. Jones is reportedly in “critical condition.” No details as to what connection Walcott may have to Jones, what led to the encounter, or Jones’ current location were given.
Walcott remains in the Passaic County Jail, with bail set at $500,000 pending a bail hearing.