Lucky Whitehead will not face charges, warrant was mistaken identity
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Jul 26, 2017,
Jul 26, 2017, 0:27
National Football League training camps are starting and the Dallas Cowboys tumultuous offseason continued on Monday with the released of wide receiver Lucky Whitehead after the kick returner and receiver was linked to an arrest for shoplifting that has been disputed by his agent. On July 6, Whitehead failed to show up in court for his arraignment and an arrest warrant was issued.
The problem? Whitehead wasn't responsible for the crime. Jonathan Perok, a spokesman with the Prince William police, said the suspect who was believed to be involved in a June 22 shoplifting incident did not have identification on him when he was initially stopped by authorities.
Whitehead said he doesn't know how someone had his social security number and driver's license number, which is why police in Virginia accused the receiver of shoplifting in June.
On July 6th, the alleged instance of missing the court was due to Whitehead never receiving a summons.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Monday that Whitehead's release was the result of a culmination of incidents over the past year.
Coach Jason Garrett, when asked if he may be released from the team said: 'Well, absolutely. The charge? Shoplifting/petit larceny under $200. "So just to come in and know I'll have all this time and all these reps to get better, I'm excited".
He made the Cowboys roster in 2015 and has served as a punt and kick returner intermixed with some receiving and running duties.More news: Istanbul to host meeting of OIC foreign ministers
The Cowboys cut Whitehead on Monday, hours after reports of the incident surfaced, citing a pattern of behavior in justifying the move.
The department is working with prosecutors to drop the charges against Whitehead.
"Not anxious about sending a message", owner Jerry Jones said Monday. In one instance he did not inform the team about a auto accident in which he was involved.
An arrest warrant for failing to appear is now out for Whitehead who has an August 10 court date.
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Used primarily as a return specialist, Whitehead signed as undrafted rookie free agent out of Florida Atlantic and is beginning his third season with Dallas.
In 30 games for Dallas, Whitehead had 20 carries for 189 yards and nine receptions for 64 yards.