Dallas Cowboys Release Player From Team After Police Misidentify Him In Arrest
Dallas Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead was recently released by the team after police mistakenly indicted a man claiming to be the NFL player on June 22.
Although Whitehead was already cut from the team due to the arrest, the Prince William County (Virginia) Police Department released a statement to clear the confusion on Tuesday.
“Upon reviewing the June 22, 2017 arrest of an individual named ‘Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.’, the police department is confident that the man charged with petit larceny, and who is subsequently being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys,” the statement read.
The man charged for the crime didn’t have a form of identification at the time, however, he was able to provide a name, date of birth and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr., the PWCPD said. The police also matched the DMV photo on file with the suspect and determined “in good faith” that he matched the information provided at the time of the arrest.
Despite the fact that Whitehead is now cleared of any wrongdoing, the Cowboys have moved on and might have cut him based on ability alone, according to an ESPN source.
“It’s disappointing, but it’s a tough life lesson for the young man,” Whitehead’s agent, David Rich said on Tuesday. “He’ll be fine. I’ve had three or four teams reach out to me already, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was picked up, especially with the way rosters are right now. You can add a receiver from Long Beach State Community College or add a guy like Lucky Whitehead, who has a pretty good body of work.”