Walton ar­rested, re­leased

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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.

JOHN MCCALL/SUN SEN­TINEL

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.

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