Walton arrested, released
Walton was facing a felony charge for carrying a concealed weapon he owned, and misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession, reckless driving and resisting a police officer without violence following a March 12 incident in Miami. He was able to get those charges reduced in court.
Walton was also charged with misdemeanor battery for a fight that involved him taking a phone from a neighbor at his Brickell condo in February and faced a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge for a January arrest. Both of those charges were dismissed.
“I want to apologize to the Miami Dolphins, the fans, my friends and family ,and I take full responsibility for my action,” Walton said in a statement after his suspension. “I want to thank the Dolphins for giving me this opportunity and will make the most of this chance as a person and player when I return.”
Walton was suspended Nov. 4 and allowed to attend meetings at the Miami
Dolphins practice facility during his suspension. He would have been eligible to return in Week 14 when the Dolphins visit the New York Jets on Dec. 8.
The Dolphins, however, decided to move on from Walton after his latest incident.
Walton attended Booker T. Washington High School in Miami before finishing his Hurricanes career with 2,006 yards and 28 total touchdowns in three seasons from 2015-17. He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL draft, and released by the team earlier this year.
Walton — whose daughter, Ma’Lani Nicole, was born in February 2017 — has dealt with significant losses in his family over the years.
His mother, Kimberly Rogers, died following a stroke in March 2017 during his final season at UM. He also suffered the losses of his father, grandmother and older brother earlier in his life.
His latest legal transgression has cost Mark Walton his job with the Dolphins, who released him Tuesday. The former University of Miami running back was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman, a second-degree felony.