Vir­ginia po­lice clear Dal­las Cow­boys re­ceiver White­head

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A shoplift­ing charge that prompted the NFL’s Dal­las Cow­boys to cut re­ceiver Lucky White­head was a case of mis­taken iden­tity, po­lice in Vir­ginia said 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,” Prince Wil­liam County Po­lice Sergeant Jonathan Perok said in a state­ment.

The de­part­ment said it re­gret­ted the im­pact its er­rors had caused White­head and his fam­ily. The Cow­boys, who have seen a string of play­ers ar­rested since the end of last sea­son, wasted lit­tle time in say­ing Mon­day they would re­lease White­head, a Vir­ginia na­tive, af­ter re­ports that he was ar­rested for shoplift­ing on June 22 and had failed to ap­pear for a sched­uled court date ear­lier this month.

White­head in­sisted it was a case of mis­taken iden­tity, and his agent pro­duced an air­plane ticket that showed White­head was still in Dal­las at the time of the al­leged theft. The po­lice said the man who was ar­rested wasn’t car­ry­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, but gave his per­sonal in­for­ma­tion ver­bally to of­fi­cers.

Of­fi­cers checked his in­for­ma­tion through the Vir­ginia De­part­ment of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles data­base and used the photo on file to com­pare to the man they had in cus­tody. “... Of­fi­cers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in cus­tody was the same man match­ing the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided. At this point, the po­lice de­part­ment is also con­fi­dent in con­firm­ing that Mr. White­head’s iden­tity was falsely pro­vided to po­lice dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” the po­lice state­ment said.

How­ever, the Cow­boys stuck with their de­ci­sion to shed the 24-year-old, who spent the first two sea­sons of his NFL ca­reer with Dal­las, play­ing pri­mar­ily as a kick/punt re­turner. “We made a de­ci­sion. We’re mov­ing on,” team owner Jerry Jones said, ac­cord­ing to the Dal­las Morn­ing News.

Cow­boys coach Ja­son Gar­rett said the club deter­mined that a “clean slate” for White­head was in the best in­ter­est of the team and the player. “He’ll have a new op­por­tu­nity some­where else,” Gar­rett said. “That’s good for him.” — AFP

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