Two NFL players arrested for trespass in
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[October 06, 2014]
(Reuters) - Police in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida and Minneapolis arrested two professional football
players on trespassing and other charges, authorities and local media
The arrests of Miami Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby and
Minnesota Vikings tackle Tom Johnson came as the National Football
League has come under nationwide scrutiny following a domestic
violence incident involving one of its players.
In Fort Lauderdale, Shelby, 25, was charged with trespass and
resisting arrest without violence after an apparent incident at a
local nightclub, police said.
Detective DeAnna Greenlaw said Shelby was reportedly causing a
disturbance at the club at around 2 a.m. on Saturday.
"Security officers employed at this establishment and uniformed Fort
Lauderdale police officers asked Shelby to leave the establishment
and he refused. He was subsequently taken into custody," Greenlaw
said in an email.
A booking photo published by local media showed the third-year
Dolphins player with apparent bruises on his lower lip and left
Shelby's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg, said the player maintains his
innocence. "There's a lot of conflicting information about his
arrest," he told the Orlando Sun Sentinel newspaper.
In a brief statement, the Miami Dolphins said they were aware of the
reports about Shelby and were gathering information.
In Minneapolis, Johnson was arrested in the early hours of Sunday
for disorderly conduct and trespass, local media and online jail
No other details were immediately available, but Johnson posted bail
and is due in court on Oct. 17, according to the records from
Hennepin County, Minnesota, which includes Minneapolis.
A Vikings spokesman said by email that the team was aware of the
matter involving Johnson.
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"We are continuing to gather information and will have further
comment at the appropriate time," said the spokesman.
The arrests happened just weeks after the website TMZ.com published
a video from inside a New Jersey casino elevator showing former
Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice punching his fiancee, now his wife,
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell initially gave Rice a two-game
suspension over the incident, then indefinitely suspended him
following the release of the video.
The league's uneven response has raised questions about the
credibility and integrity of the NFL and Goodell, one of the most
powerful figures in sports.
(Reporting by Daniel Wallis in Denver; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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