Not so Lucky, re­leased Cow­boy was misiden­ti­fied

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - SCHUYLER DIXON

For­mer Dal­las re­ceiver Lucky White­head’s iden­tity was falsely used in a shoplift­ing ar­rest, po­lice in his home state of Vir­ginia said Tues­day.

Prince Wil­liam County po­lice said they were con­fi­dent the man charged in a case in­volv­ing $40 worth of stolen food and drink from a con­ve­nience store in June wasn’t White­head. The Cow­boys re­leased him Mon­day af­ter re­ports that he was ar­rested and sub­se­quently cited for miss­ing a court hear­ing.

White­head’s agent, Dave Rich, con­tended that his client wasn’t in Vir­ginia at the time of the re­ported ar­rest. Po­lice said they are seek­ing the per­son who used the iden­tity of White­head, whose given name is Rodney Dar­nell White­head Jr.

Po­lice said the per­son ar­rested June 22 didn’t have an ID but pro­vided a name, date of birth and so­cial se­cu­rity num­ber match­ing White­head’s given name. Of­fi­cers checked a photo in Vir­ginia’s data­base of driver’s li­cences.

“Of­fi­cers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in cus­tody was the same man match­ing the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided,” Sgt. Jonathan Perok said. “The po­lice de­part­ment is cur­rently seek­ing the iden­tity of the man in­volved in the in­ci­dent.”

The re­lease of White­head came on the first day of train­ing camp af­ter a tu­mul­tuous off-sea­son for the Cow­boys, in­clud­ing the ar­rests of two de­fen­sive play­ers.

Ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of per­son­nel Stephen Jones and coach Ja­son Gar­rett said White­head’s re­lease was an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of events, al­though Gar­rett ac­knowl­edged Mon­day the de­ci­sion came af­ter the club did more work gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion.

News of the ar­rest broke while the team was on the field for its first morn­ing walk-through. White­head was es­corted off the field by a mem­ber of the public re­la­tions staff, and Gar­rett said he was un­aware of the ar­rest be­fore be­ing told as he left the prac­tice field.

White­head was re­leased be­fore the af­ter­noon work­out, with Rich claim­ing that ei­ther po­lice had wrong in­for­ma­tion in the ar­rest re­port or that some­body had used his client’s iden­tity.

Dur­ing his sec­ond Na­tional Foot­ball League sea­son in 2016, White­head was left at home for a De­cem­ber game at the New York Gi­ants af­ter miss­ing a Satur­day walk­through.

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