The NFL lockout means players have time on their hands that they otherwise wouldn’t. Some are using it wisely to rest their bodies and spend time with family while others are wasting it by finding trouble.
Chicago Bears free agent running back is one of the latest guys to fall in the “wasting time” category. What started as a dispute over a $1,572 tab at a Miami nightclub ended up in retail theft, disorderly conduct, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest with violence charges for Wolfe. The Chicago Sun-Times recounts the events:
Wolfe allegedly became aggressive while disputing the purchase of three bottles of champagne at Cameo Night Club in Miami Beach. He was forcefully removed from the club, causing business to stop and patrons to leave, according to the report released by Miami Beach Police.
Once outside, Wolfe was initially restrained before being released in order to settle his bill. Then, Wolfe allegedly lunged at an off-duty police officer, prompting a scuffle that resulted in Wolfe and two off-duty officers sustaining abrasions before Wolfe was finally handcuffed, according to the police report.
Wolfe, who officers said in the report smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, threatened to sue the officers and at one point said: “Let’s compare bank accounts.”
Wolfe’s arrest means that the Pro Football Talk “days without an arrest” counter starts over once again.
One team that has kept their players off the police blotter during the lockout is the Detroit Lions. Credit goes to the players for keeping their noses clean while a number of their contemporaries are finding trouble at increased rates.
It has been about 11 months since the Lions last appeared on PFT’s police blotter but that incident didn’t involve a player. It was Lions president Tom Lewand that got the headlines that time for his arrest for suspicion of drunk driving. It has been three years since a Lions player appeared on the PFT naughty list. Draft picks Gosder Cherlius and Jordon Dizon had some legal problems reported and safety Kalvin Pearson was arrested for felony aggravated battery of a female, felony domestic battery by strangulation, and misdemeanor obstruction or opposing of an officer.